The Blue House
ABOUT THE BLUE HOUSE
Bjorn Wiinblad’s home, The Blue House, stands untouched after his death in 2006. It was Bjorn Wiinblad’s own wish that his home should be an open home for artists and a living workshop for ceramic artists.
The house encompasses the most fantastic interior which consist of a large and comprehensive art collection and bears witness of a popular multi-artist who wanted to make people happy in his own quirky way.
Posterity should be able to come close to the artist and bonvivant Bjorn Wiinblad and this is best done in his home where he lived and had his workplace.
However, the house needs a radical restoration to prevent it from falling down. The roof does not leak anymore, but it is not insulated.
We have just (summer 2014) got a donation from the company Jotun that produce paint. They have donated paint for all the outside wood. We are very grateful for this gift and we appreciate all the help we can get in order to fullfill Bjoern Wiinblads whises for the house.
FROM THE BLUE FACTORY TO THE BLUE HOUSE
The house was built in 1919 and has as far as is known housed a grain store. Afterwards has been extended and rebuilt, and the large wooden house of 700 square metres has innumerable small, secret rooms.
In 1934 the Swedish artist Brita Drewsen (1887-1983) started a spinning mill and weaving mill in ”The Blue Factory” together with weaver Gudrun Clemens. They produced rugs, furnishing fabrics, and furnishing which was bought by discerning customers. In 1965 Brita Drewsen moved the factory to Glostrup.
Brita Drewsen's private home was in ”The Blue Factory”, but alongside she built a small ”fairy-tale house” as it was called in several home feature stories. The house was 110 square metres and filled with her own furniture design. When Wiinblad took over the house he decorated it with his own design, everything from wallpaper to curtains, bedclothes and furniture.
In 1966 Bjorn Wiinblad took over ”The Blue House" which was his base till he passed away in 2006. During the first years Brita Drewsen stayed in her small house situated at one end of the large site. Bjorn Wiinblad and Brita Drewsen arranged several garden exhibitions jointly consisting of their own design, both arts and crafts plus furniture.
”Bo Bedre” and other trade magazines plus women’s magazines – both Danish and foreign – brought feature stories from these exhibitions.