Swedish architect and designer Anna von Schewen was born in Stockholm. She graduated from the University of Art, Craft and Design in Stockholm in 1995. Part of her studies was at the UIAH - University of Art and Design in Helsinki. After her graduation a scholarship brought her to a design studio in Copenhagen where she joined the design team for two years. Back in Stockholm in 1997 Anna von Schewen starts her own design studio from where she works independently since. Anna von Schewen has gained a reputation for her experimental and exploring approach to furniture design as well as exhibition design and architecture. She has a Scandinavian attitude towards material and form and a strong interest in stretching material and techniques to create useful objects where concept and detailing merge. She combines a great interest in textiles with architectural qualities. Significant in her work is her interest in developing structures based on textile and she claim that tailoring is a kind of soft architecture.From the beginning of her career until today, she has designed several award winning products for Gärsnäs, the oldest high-quality manufacturer of wooden furniture in Sweden. Anna von Schewen also works with companies such as Lammhults, String and Svenskt Tenn in Sweden as well as De Padova and Zanotta in Italy. Her design has been awarded Excellent Swedish Design 1998, 1999 and Excellent Swedish Design Design Prize 2002 and Best in Swedish Design for the EDIDA/Elle Decoration International Design Awards in 2002 and 2005. In 2003 she received the prestigious Bruno Mathsson Award.In 2009 she was awarded "Best furniture of the year" by interior magazine Sköna Hem. Anna von Schewens work is represented in the permanent collections of Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art in Amsterdam, Kunstindustrimuseet in Oslo, Nationalmuseum in Stockholm and Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg. Her work has been presented in exhibitions around the world and in many books and publications like the International Design Year Book and MD Design Year Book.She has designed numerous exhibitions such as Excellent Swedish Design for Svensk Form (The Swedish Society of Crafts and Design) and Concept Design for Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. She has also collaborated on exhibition design with Form Design Center in Malmö and companies like Dux, Boob, etc. Together with industrial designer Björn Dahlström she designed the permanent exhibition at the Swedish Museum of Architecture in Stockholm as well as the museums travelling exhibition about Designer and architect Bruno Mathsson.
Anna von Schewen made her a name as an architect with the well published Kovilan project in 1998, a summerhouse for a private family. The house was nominated to the Swedish Wooden House Award 2000. The house is included in the "Ultimate house book" by Sir Terence Conran. Anna von Schewen grew up in the city but by spending a considerable part of her childhood in the Stockholm archipelago where the nature and the activities of the sea was always present she developed her own personal platform towards the design profession.