10-gruppen was formed in 1970 by ten young textile designers who wanted to be able to control the entire process, from the preliminary sketch to the printed textile, and to provide good Swedish design.
Today, 10-gruppen is owned and operated by three of the original founding designers,
Birgitta Hahn, Tom Hedqvist and Ingela Håkansson, who design all the fabrics.
The 10-gruppen shop on Götgatan in Stockholm sells the print collections by the metre as textile or oilcloth. It also markets a range of products with their own prints.
The 10-gruppen designs are famous for their powerful and expressive style and colours.
Over the years, 10-gruppen has been exhibited abroad regulary, including in New York, Tokyo, Paris and Berlin.
In addition to being sold in their own shop, 10-gruppen products are marketed by retailers and distributors throughout Sweden, Europe, Asia and the USA. 10-gruppen has also collaborated regularly with IKEA.
Birgitta Hahn has been a member of 10 Swedish Designers since the group started in 1970.
Parallel with 10 Swedish Designers she has also created patterns for fabrics for
interior design, wallpaper and rugs for IKEA, KF, Duro, Svenskt Tenn and Borås
Cotton and others, and textile commissions for public spaces.
She has also designed costumes for the dance and cinema, has had solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions.
Her work is represented in the collections of National Museum in Stockholm, Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Tom Hedqvist has been a member of 10 Swedish Designers since the group started in 1970. He studied graphic design and advertising at Beckman's School in Stockholm at the end of the 1960s.
During the 1970s and 1980s he worked as an art director at several advertising agencies including Arbman's, Falk and Partners and Hall & Cederqvist. In the beginning of the 1980s he took part in the establishment of Tattersall Restaurant in Stockholm, where he was responsible for the restaurant concept and the interior design.
He established the advertising agency FGH in Stockholm in 1990 and the design company Element Design in 1991. Tom Hedqvist was appointed Professor of Graphic Design at Konstfackskolan, the Swedish National College of Arts, Crafts and Design in 1994.
Between 1996–98 he was Design Director at Orrefors/Kosta Boda Inc. Since January 2000 Tom Hedqvist has served as Rector of Beckman's School in
Ingela Håkansson has been a member of 10 Swedish Designers since the group began in 1970. Besides her work with 10 Swedish Designers she has created fabric and wallpaper designs for IKEA, Duro and Borås Cotton and others, executed public commissions and worked with appliqué and hand printed textiles.
Ingela Håkanson has had solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions. Besides textile design she has also designed costumes for the cinema and has written the book Barnens kalasbok (The Children's Party Book) together with Katta Nordenfalk.
Ingela Håkanson's work is represented in the collections of National Museum in Stockholm and Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg among others.