The Copenhagen-based studio was founded in 2015 by Miranda Tengs Brun and Josefine Gilbert. They both studied textile design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Design, and specialized in print design. Brun’s background in graphic design and illustration complements Gilbert’s fascination with patterns. With the latter’s familial ties to the worlds of art, design and crafts, it was a superb match.
The duo is fascinated by the contrast between chaos and control in everyday life. It has helped them discover their creative process: they work intuitively, but within a set of controlled rules. They love looking at the intersection between two strong contrasts and their limits, tensions and possibilities.
Brun and Gilbert’s Mijo Studio process is one that is harmonious, allowing for a fluidity between careful research and experimentation. Using collaborative methods and physical deconstruction of shapes and patterns, the designers create new and thoughtful textile designs. This allows an element of surprise and unpredictability throughout the creative process. The finished designs are used in a variety of ways, from scarves and t-shirts to wall hangings and fabrics.
Both Brun and Gilbert rely heavily on their pattern books, which are stuffed to the brim with initial ideas, colorful sketches and swatches. These books are critical in the development of their designs, creating and communicating visual and tactile moods and stories. They are both a source of inspiration and meticulous documentations of how their designs take shape and are created.
What results is a colorful explosion of lines, shapes and patterns. Each design offers a unique visual experience, but there is a sense of unity that allows a viewer to recognize them as being designed by Brun and Gilbert. Their fondness for experimentation is evident, as is their inspiration from cultures that differ from their own.
Working on textiles instead of printed paper allows for a stronger visual experience with their use of colour and patterns. The movement of the fabric changes the way their designs are seen. Textile is a medium that is felt with many senses, not just sight. Movement and tactility have a huge influence on the effectiveness and interest of designs.
This Scandinavian design duo emphasizes the importance of textile design that isn’t computer-generated. From the varying cultural influences to the thought and exploration in the creative process, Mijo Studio’s focus on textile design is steadily raising the profile of a design sphere that is often overlooked.
Written by Nicole Wong
All images courtesy of Mijo Studio