Tivoli Elsa Beskow
Donating to Barncancerfonden
10% of the retail price of all items with the Carousel, Zebra, Swan and Clown design will be donated to Barncancerfonden — The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation. Retailers of these items automatically contributes to the fight against cancer in children. Thank you for joining us in supporting Barncancerfonden — The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation — with your purchase.
We are proud to declare that Since 2014 we have together with our customers, the Beskow family, Catharina Kippel and the publishing house Bonnier, donated close to 600,000 SEK (close to 70,000 USD) to The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation. But even if we are proud, we have set the bar much higher for the coming year!
Elsa Beskow was born in southern Stockholm in 1874. Her father died when she was 15 and her mother took the children to live with her unmarried siblings who shared the same household. Elsa’s aunts and uncle became the models for Aunt Green, Aunt Brown, Aunt Lavender and Uncle Blue. From 1892 to 1895 Elsa studied to become an art teacher and it was at this time that she started illustrating children’s stories. Her stories and her illustrations were a dominant influence in the world of children’s books for more than 50 years. Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages and many of today’s children’s authors and illustrators have been inspired by her art.
Catharina Kippel has been collaborating with Design House Stockholm since the beginning, and is the designer behind much of our bestselling dinnerware. She has studied pottery and glassblowing in Sweden as well as ancient ceramic firing techniques in Japan, and has a master’s degree from Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Since 1995, Catharina runs her own studio in Gustavsberg’s old porcelain factory, and her work is represented at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm and the Porcelain Museum in Gustavsberg.