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Lessebo Paper Studio x

Bea Szenfeld

Designed by Stockholm-based fashion designer Bea Szenfeld, the collection ‘Haute Papier’ is an assortment of artistic costumes made entirely of paper.

Pushing fashion to its most sculptural extremes, these utterly impractical yet visually gorgeous costumes seem to have popped out of some avant-garde fashion fantasy.

Lessebo PAPER Studio x

Bea Szenfeld

Haute Papier

“Since I started to work with paper as material, I have learned a lot along the way about how paper perform. Of course, each paper quality has its own characteristics, but for the most part it is quite similar. But I try to push the boundaries of what is possible, try to get the paper to portrait and express what I want. However, shipping the art is always a challenge. As well as building all the art so they can come out through the studio door. So it’s not just about creating and being creative. I have tried a lot of different paper qualities, and still do. But I always go back to the paper from Lessebo Paper. For me, it feels good to be working with such a reliable and established brand. And of course, it is great to be working with a company that produces paper in Sweden. Good, consistent quality is out of most importance for me. And, I like to promote companies that work with improving their environmental performance.”

Lessebo PAPER Studio x Bea Szenfeld

Haute Papier

“Since I started to work with paper as material, I have learned a lot along the way about how paper perform. Of course, each paper quality has its own characteristics, but for the most part it is quite similar. But I try to push the boundaries of what is possible, try to get the paper to portrait and express what I want. However, shipping the art is always a challenge. As well as building all the art so they can come out through the studio door. So it’s not just about creating and being creative. I have tried a lot of different paper qualities, and still do. But I always go back to the paper from Lessebo Paper. For me, it feels good to be working with such a reliable and established brand. And of course, it is great to be working with a company that produces paper in Sweden. Good, consistent quality is out of most importance for me. And, I like to promote companies that work with improving their environmental performance.”

Today, her collection of Haute Papier is almost 8 years old. Haute Papier is a collection of sculptures, made to be presented on the human body. Szenfeld started with the first piece in 2014 and the collection has slowly evolved, and today it consists of 15-25 pieces. It is a constantly evolving collection with new pieces mixed with old ones. 

“I like the fact that I can add or remove pieces from the collection, it is always changing and evolving. For me it was a way to collect my white paper pieces under one name. I don’t want to feel forced to have an exhibition in order to create pieces.”