Li Englund

Li Englund

Lyyli Inkeri (Li) Englund (née Uotila 1908 – 1993) was a Finnish costume and textile designer.

She attended the Ateneum school from 1930 to 1933, studying to become an art teacher. It was here that she met her future husband, Kaj Englund, who at the time was a teacher at the school. They married in 1935 and their first child was born the following year.

Li would go on to have a long career and also worked as an assistant at Kaj Englund’s architectural firm designing wallpaper and interiors for his projects, her handiwork can be seen in the architectural drawings.

She also designed fabrics for Artek, alongside the company’s other pattern designer Aino Aalto. Englund’s printed fabrics were often inspired by nature in floral patterns or classically straightforward graphics. She also designed for theaters and at the time the costumes and hats she designed for herself were the most eloquent “Haute couture” in Helsinki.

Kaj and his brother Dag drew and built Villa Bjerges on Lauttasaari, Helsinki in 1937 and it became the home for many of the Englund families. Li Englund especially liked the garden and it was often featured in interior decoration magazines in the 1940s-1960s.

  • Lyli Inkeri (Li) Englund
  • 1908 – 1993
  • Fabric and interior designer

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