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Made in Sweden: A visit in Villa Prenker


VILLA PRENKER

TORBJÖRN LENSKOG COLLECTION

Photography Fredric Boukari Text Ove Pihl


Torbjörn Lenskog was one of Sweden’s most skilled. As a graphic designer, a typographer, an Art Director, and an Advertising Agency creator, all this was when the quality of graphic design and advertising communication was at its peak in Sweden.

As a collector of important cultural artefacts, he will forever be celebrated. We were classmates in 1957 at the Beckman School of Design, as it is now called. Even then, Torbjörn’s talent was evident. We followed each other in parallel careers for several decades. Torbjörn Lenskog went his own way and became celebrated with numerous awards for his elegant typography and graphic design.

In the mid-70s, he successfully started the advertising agency Arbman & Lenskog. Now his great interest in the collection of cultural objects began in earnest.



A portrait of Torbjörn Lenskog in his home in Kungsör, photographed by Åke E:son Lindman.



For many years, Torbjörn managed to create one of the largest collections of Linneaus literature, even by international standards. That collection eventually ended up in Japan, and Torbjörn got the resources to keep collecting.

Now, Torbjörn started collecting everything that the rest of us didn't see. The perfectly designed household items from the 50s and 60s. Kitchen appliances, radios, gramophones, coffee pots, telephones, all that stuff that was around us that we didn't see. In the end, Torbjörn had to rent a large warehouse to have room for everything. It became a permanent exhibition in Formens Hus and lots of international press.

The next project was a large and significant collection of old, functionally designed tools like those that might have been thrown in the corner of the forge in the barn or on the workshop floor. They were large exhibitions and a wonderfully beautiful catalogue.




Torbjörn Lenskog’s world of ideas was unique. He went on to create a large collection of military objects from the First and Second World Wars. But not of the thing that killed. No Torbjörn was looking for everything else. The water bottles. the food can, the first aid kit, the comb, the soap, and everything else that the soldiers had to carry with them. It was a well-received travelling exhibition that began at the Armémuseum in Stockholm.

Torbjörn Lenskog did not elbow himself to the top. He was easygoing, friendly, and full of humour. We all remember Torbjörn's joy of storytelling which often began in reality but which ended roughly like a cock-and-bull-story by Fritjof Nilsson "Piraten". With Torbjörn Lenskog's passing, we lost a unique personality.

Text Ove Pihl




VILLA PRENKER

Bruno Mathsson’s villa in Kungsör was commissioned by the office furniture manufacturer Helge Prenker, who ran the furniture company Kingsor design. At the beginning of the 1950s, Prenker needed a new showroom and residence and went with Bruno Mathsson as his choice of architect. Mathsson, after a series of research trips to the USA, had a few years earlier begun to design and construct buildings inspired by the American ‘Case Study Houses’ that he had seen over there.



This was a type of modernist post-war architecture that internationally has been connected to names such as Richard Neutra and Pierre Koening, as well as the Swedish designer and architect Greta Magnusson Grossman.




This was a type of modernist post-war architecture that internationally has been connected to names such as Richard Neutra and Pierre Koening, as well as the Swedish designer and architect Greta Magnusson Grossman. In Sweden, Mathsson had to adapt the style with its floor-to-ceiling glass facades to function in a Nordic climate. The wall sections were equipped with so-called ‘Bruno Panes’ – insulated glass with multiple panes filled with nitrogen. Helge Prenker had his combined villa and showroom constructed according to this system. The building was given a seventeen-metre long glass section with offices and a showroom facing Kungsgatan. Concealed behind the public and office areas was the residence. It has been said that its shape was inspired by the Swedish fighter plane ‘Draken’, which was brand new at the time, and from above, the house indeed resembles the wing of an aeroplane. The exterior of Villa Prenker consists almost entirely of sections of windows, which was possible due to the use of Bruno Mathsson’s innovative underfloor heating system inside. Villa Prenker was finished in 1953. In the 1990s, the house was put on the market. Torbjörn and Ulla Lenskog, great admirers of Mathsson’s architecture, purchased the house and moved from Stockholm to Kungsör. The house became the perfect fit for Torbjörn’s many collections, including of Mathsson designs. The family continued to live in Villa Prenker up until Torbjörn’s recent passing.




Bid on the objects


169. Alvar Aalto, a roomdivider, model 100, Artek, mid 20th century.
Hammer price 
13 000 SEK
Estimate
10 000 - 12 000 SEK
170. Mogens Koch, a folding chair, CADO, Denmark.
Hammer price 
6 000 SEK
Estimate
2 500 - 3 000 SEK
174. Bruno Mathsson, sideboard, "MI-806", Mathsson International.
Hammer price 
14 000 SEK
Estimate
8 000 - 10 000 SEK
179. Eva Löfdahl, "Modell F".
Hammer price 
55 000 SEK
Estimate
6 000 - 8 000 SEK
180. Jan Håfström, Untitled.
Hammer price 
4 000 SEK
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4 000 - 6 000 SEK
181. Elis Eriksson, "jag är ett ombud..".
Hammer price 
7 000 SEK
Estimate
8 000 - 10 000 SEK
182. Jan Svenungsson, "New York".
Hammer price 
5 000 SEK
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3 000 - 4 000 SEK
183. Jan Svenungsson, "Leningrad".
Hammer price 
2 000 SEK
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3 000 - 4 000 SEK
184. Alan Uglow, "Equator Series #2".
Hammer price 
20 000 SEK
Estimate
8 000 - 10 000 SEK
187. George Nelson, a table, Herman Miller, USA 1950s.
Hammer price 
8 000 SEK
Estimate
3 000 - 4 000 SEK
191. Melin & Österlin (M&Ö), ”Tallriken”.
Hammer price 
2 000 SEK
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2 500 - 3 000 SEK
192. Alan E Cober, Untitled.
Hammer price 
4 500 SEK
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3 000 - 4 000 SEK
193. Eva Zettervall, Portrait in red coat.
Hammer price 
5 000 SEK
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6 000 - 8 000 SEK
194. Eva Löfdahl, Untitled.
Hammer price 
3 000 SEK
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2 500 - 3 000 SEK
195. Jan Håfström, "Station Z II".
Hammer price 
4 000 SEK
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4 000 - 6 000 SEK
196. Åke E:son Lindman, "Naturalis XXXXI", 1987.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate
6 000 - 8 000 SEK
199. Urban Engström, "Osthyvel".
Hammer price 
2 200 SEK
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3 000 - 4 000 SEK
200. Ulf Rollof, "Manual för bälg Nr. 9".
Hammer price 
2 200 SEK
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2 500 - 3 000 SEK
201. Kjartan Slettemark, Untitled.
Hammer price 
Unsold
Estimate
2 500 - 3 000 SEK
202. Joseph Beuys, Exhibition poster, "Stripes from the House of Shaman".
Hammer price 
10 000 SEK
Estimate
4 000 - 6 000 SEK
203. Jasper Morrison, a side table, SCP, England.
Hammer price 
4 500 SEK
Estimate
2 000 - 3 000 SEK
210. Kay Bojesen, a wooden puffin, Denmark, mid 20th century.
Hammer price 
400 SEK
Estimate
1 000 - 1 500 SEK
214. Brio, a toy dachshund, Sweden, early 20th century.
Hammer price 
300 SEK
Estimate
800 - 1 000 SEK
215. Ola Öhlin, Untitled.
Hammer price 
5 000 SEK
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5 000 - 7 000 SEK
216. Ingemar Svensson, Untitled.
Hammer price 
8 500 SEK
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10 000 - 12 000 SEK
217. Peter Weiss, "Tusen och en natt".
Hammer price 
Unsold
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10 000 - 12 000 SEK
218. Erik Olson, "Söndageftermiddagskaffe hos vännen Carl".
Hammer price 
Unsold
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4 000 - 5 000 SEK
219. Leander Engström, Pierrot.
Hammer price 
3 500 SEK
Estimate
4 000 - 5 000 SEK
220. Evert Lundquist, "Bordet med glaset".
Hammer price 
12 000 SEK
Estimate
2 500 - 3 000 SEK
221. Hans J Wegner, a 'JH-513' chair, Johannes Hansen, Denmark.
Hammer price 
3 000 SEK
Estimate
3 000 - 4 000 SEK
222. A modernist table lamp, Sweden 1930's.
Hammer price 
4 500 SEK
Estimate
1 500 - 2 000 SEK
227. Evert Lundquist, "Mannen i solen".
Hammer price 
3 000 SEK
Estimate
2 500 - 3 000 SEK
228. Evert Lundquist, "Den svarta fågeln".
Hammer price 
7 000 SEK
Estimate
2 500 - 3 000 SEK
229. Evert Lundquist, "Spaden".
Hammer price 
1 200 SEK
Estimate
1 500 - 2 000 SEK
230. Sture Johannesson, "Andrée will take a trip!".
Hammer price 
2 200 SEK
Estimate
3 000 - 4 000 SEK
231. Exhibition poster, "3 års inköp, Moderna Museet", 1963.
Hammer price 
2 400 SEK
Estimate
1 000 - 1 500 SEK
232. Evert Lundquist, "Vid fönstret (Genom porten)".
Hammer price 
4 000 SEK
Estimate
2 500 - 3 000 SEK
233. Swedish artist, around 1820, "Nils von Rosenstein" (1752-1824).
Hammer price 
4 000 SEK
Estimate
4 000 - 6 000 SEK
236. Tapio Wirkkala, a knife (puukko), Hackman, Finland post 1961.
Hammer price 
4 000 SEK
Estimate
2 000 - 2 500 SEK
240. Adolphe Mouron Cassandre After, Dubonnet.
Hammer price 
32 000 SEK
Estimate
10 000 - 15 000 SEK
242. Richard Sapper, a table lamp, "Tolomeo", Artemide, Italy.
Hammer price 
1 000 SEK
Estimate
1 500 - 2 000 SEK
244. Ulf Hanses, two toy cars and a pen, Playsam.
Hammer price 
2 400 SEK
Estimate
1 500 - 2 000 SEK
245. 5 handles, reportedly by architect Sven Markelius, Sweden 1930s.
Hammer price 
500 SEK
Estimate
1 000 - 2 000 SEK
247. Bruno Gecchelin, a "Ring" table lamp, Arteluce, Italy.
Hammer price 
1 200 SEK
Estimate
1 000 - 2 000 SEK
249. A bronze portrait medallion of Carl von Linnaeus, Sweden 19thC.
Hammer price 
3 000 SEK
Estimate
3 000 - 4 000 SEK