Interior Reminiscence Therapy

Cecilia Margareta

Tjärnberg

Sculptures on the stage during the event Mission Mental Health - Building Bridges at Anexet in Stockholm 2017. Photo by Marielle Andersson.

Interior Reminiscence Therapy


I had a very close relationship with my grandparents but after my grandmother passed away my grandfather fell into a depression. He developed dementia and the on way to reach him became through taking him back in time, to a better place filled with things and people familiar to him. We would look through photographs, listen to music and rumble through his personal collection of memorabilia. He was lucky to be surrounded by his own things even though he could no longer stay in his private home. This is what happens to many of us as we age, we are forced to leave our homes. As this project started I brought a box of my own saved mementos to school. One of my teachers said; "you know, these things, this memorabilia... I think we can easily find them in anyone's home". I thought, what if I scaled up just one of these memories. This project is an exploration into how reminiscence therapy could be included in a larger scale as interior architecture.




Mission Mental Health Building Bridges Beyond Borders was an event organized by

IIMHL & IIDL at Anexet, Globen in Stockholm in May 2018. Over 600 leaders from 24 nations met and exchanged their experiences to begin building bridges. A group of students from Konstfack was invited to engage in curating some of the spatial design as well as to present our own individual projects during the conference. Interior Reminiscence Therapy is the project that I came to develop. When I exhibited on stage, I had the opportunity to make some decisions about its organization.



Sculptures: Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg. Stage design: Cecilia - with support from Edge Design. Sponsoring the Interior Reminiscence Therapy project: Södermalns Skyltfabrik and Fredricsons Trä. Location: Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design / Annexet, Globen Stockholm. Teacher: Einar Rodhe, Senior Lecturer, Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV). 


Medium size, power carved solid wood sculpture. The form is based on data from a 3D-scanned oyster shell, by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg 2018. This was my first atempt at powercarving and the results inspired the work I came to develop during my masters thesis in 2019.

Painted medium size, power carved solid wood sculpture, Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg

My grandfather used to read to me a poem by Nils Ferlin (1933) called Barfotabarn. This poem has been important to me during this project. 


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Du har tappat ditt ord din papperslapp,

du barfotabarn i livet.

Så sitter du åter på handlerns trapp

och gråter så övergivet.


Vad var det för ord - var det långt eller kort,

var det väl eller illa skrivet?

Tänk efter nu - förrn vi föser dej bort,

du barfotabarn i livet

Stage design with a ramp for wheelchairs installed front and center. This feature creates a great visual quirk and also takes an important position regarding the subject of accessibility and everyone's right to feel welcome. The stage was drawn by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg with support from Edge Design. Photo by Marielle Andersson.

Large size, solid mdf sculpture. The form is based on data from a 3D-scanned oyster shell, by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg 2018

Large size, solid mdf sculpture. The form is based on data from a 3D-scanned oyster shell, by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg 2018

Large size, paper sculpture. The form is based on data from a 3D-scanned oyster shell, by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg 2018

Global Goal 2020 collage designed by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg for the event, Annexet Globen Stockholm. All the signs are based on the the Global Goal 2020 ready made official symbols. The signs were made by Edge design. Photo by Marielle Andersson.

Global Goals 2020 collage, Annexet Globen Stockholm. Photo by Marielle Andersson.

Global Goals 2020 collage, Annexet Globen Stockholm. Photo by Marielle Andersson.

During the event the stage housed artists, and debate. See the whole video at IIMHL website.

Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg 2019 © copyright