The Inspiring Swedish Home of Calligrapher Ylva Skarp
With brush in hand, Swedish designer Ylva Skarp creates beautiful calligraphy and brings letters to life on her cushions and artworks.
In her work, Ylva uses her creative energy to turn calligraphy into patterns, shapes and forms. She mixes traditional Swedish craftmanship with contemporary ideas to create unique pieces, and her range of homewares includes prints, cushions, cards, calendars and ceramics.
Yellow Front Door also stocks two of Ylva's cushion covers – “So Far” and “So Hard” – in stunning black calligraphy printed onto white cotton. They are extra large at 57cm x 57cm (suitable for a 60cm x 60cm insert) and look great on the sofa or bed. These two cushions coordinate well together, but also look great mixed and matched with other cushions, particularly in black, white and muted greys.
Ylva was educated at Roehampton Institute in London, and worked for 15 years as a professional calligraphy artist and designer. She then decided to set up her own company, designing her own unique range of homewares. Her inspiration came from watching a Nobel Prize ceremony on TV – featuring diplomas in beautiful calligraphy. Ylva had her “calling” and immediately knew it was the profession for her.
Ylva lives in a former schoolhouse in the small town of Leksand with her husband and two sons. Having lived in a large city, she wanted her sons to grow up in wide open spaces, and to experience the peace and quiet of the countryside. Ylva and her husband renovated the former schoolhouse, tearing down ceilings, walls and floor coverings to reveal the original integrity of the building.
Ylva’s work in evident in the home, with her stunning calligraphy and designs gracing the walls, floors and sofas. They give character and soul to the predominantly black, white, beige and grey home – see below.
Above: white walls are off-set by a textured timber ceiling, pale wood floors, and soft greys and browns in the furnishings. The colour palette works well when limited to three colours.
Above: Bold yellow is juxtaposed against neutral colours, love the original Swedish fireplace.
Above: The dark wall works well against the pale floor. Note the bare windows to let in maximum light.
Ylva’s stunning home was featured in the March edition of Real Living magazine in Australia: