Photo: Jonas Ingerstedt
SANDRA PRAUN (1971, Sweden)
Sandra Praun was born to Austrian parents in Stockholm, where she graduated from Berghs School of Communications in 1997. She worked as junior designer at Gabor Palotai Design from 1997 to 2001. In 2001 she co-founded Designstudio S together with artist Nino Strohecker which they run until 2013. In 2003 they initiated exhibition projects under the name ÖPPET at Designstudio S together with curator Tessa Praun. In 2006 Sandra Praun obtained her master’s degree in Graphic Design & Illustration from Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts & Design, Stockholm. Since 2013 she runs Designstudio Sandra Praun.
Praun’s clients include major Swedish cultural institutions such as Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, Moderna Museet, Nationalmuseum, the Hasselblad Foundation, Artipelag, and Public Art Agency Sweden, as well as publishers like Art and Theory Publishing, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Albert Bonniers Förlag, and Arvinius Förlag.
Sandra Praun was awarded the Joseph Binder Award in 2017, the German Design Award in 2016, the Red Dot Communications Awards in 2015, the Swedish Book Art Award in 2010, and she was a jury member of the Swedish Photo Book Award in 2014.
Her work is part of the collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the MAK – Museum for Applied Arts in Vienna, the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki, and the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm.
Parallel to her commissioned work, Praun also initiates her own projects. Together with the artists Aleksandra Stratimirovic and Nino Strohecker she established the first independent art library in Serbia, Creative Source at GRAD – European Center for Culture and Debate in Belgrade. Praun is co-founder of Urban Forest – an ambulant group of designers, artists, and crafts-people, who have so far exhibited in Tokyo, Osaka, Belgrade, and Stockholm – and also co-founder of Welcome Design, a platform that connects designers from Stockholm and Berlin, with exhibitions in the showrooms of Nolte in Stockholm and bulthaup minimum in Berlin.