Sara Kristoffersson is a writer and a Professor of Design History at Konstfack University College of Arts, Design and Crafts in Stockholm and holds a Ph.D. in Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Gothenburg. She is author of books and numerous articles on design, art and popular culture and lectures widely on these topics at museums and universities including École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (Paris); Parsons School of Design (New York), CBS (Copenhagen), Humboldt-Universität (Berlin) and The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts (Stockholm).
Her recent book Design by IKEA. A Cultural History (Bloomsbury, London, 2014) investigate the world dominating brand IKEA and how the corporation has controversially come to define a nation. Drawing on original research, the book traces IKEA’s symbolic connections to Sweden and examine how the company both promoted and profited from the concept of Scandinavian Design. The research project was funded by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences and the book is published in Sweden, Japan, and Korea.
Host Dan Loney is joined by Ioana Marinescu (Assistant Professor of Economics; Faculty Research Fellow, School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania; National Bureau of Economic Research), Niall Ferguson (Author; Historian), Sara Kristoffersson (Professor of Design History, Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design), David Berman (Doctoral Candidate, The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania), Michael Schmidt (Partner; Vice Chair of Labor and Employment Department; Attorney; Creator of “Employment Law Now” Podcast, Cozen O’Connor), Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland), and Denise Dahlhoff (Research Director, Baker Retailing Center at the Wharton School) on the Tuesday, January 30, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.