The misson of Tröskö Design is to fill your home with contemporary patterns, vibrant colors, bold graphics, and smiles. Designer Solvejg Makaretz’s Scandinavian roots reveal themselves in her use of bright hues and modern, stylized themes.
Solvejg J Makaretz has always created art in some form. Growing up in Denmark and Sweden her artwork sometimes took shape as knitted creatures or stone sculpture. She studied “Textile Design and Techniques” at Polhemskolan in Lund; Fine Arts at Konstskolan in Kristianstad; and Ethnology at University of Lund before starting her architectural degree at the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The Danish Royal Academy is the alma mater of world-renowned Danish architects Arne Jakobsen (the Series 7 Chairs) and Poul Henningsen (the PH lamp) and more recently Bjarke Ingels (BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group). Solvejg later received her Masters of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania.
She had spent more than 25 years as a licensed architect, when in 2012 she started her own home decor line, Tröskö®. Her products are sold in a number of stores throughout coastal Maine and in Massachusetts as well as online and at local fairs.
Solvejg’s designs start as small sketches on anything from napkins to graph-paper or on the back of a receipt. She then transfers the idea into the computer program Illustrator. The fabrics she uses for Tröskö products are either digitally printed or screen-printed. Solvejg finds inspiration for her artwork in many places: memories from her childhood and early adulthood in Sweden and Denmark surrounded by timeless Scandinavian Design, her daily life on the coast of Maine, Scandinavian children’s book illustrators (such as Ib Spang Olsen, Tove Jansson, and Sven Nordqvist), and more.
Solvejg is planning on continuing to expand her product line to include more home decor and accessories. Additionally she is now licensing her designs to manufacturers of a variety of products, such as belts, dog leashes, tote-bags, and brand labels.
Growing up in a household where global and local outreach and environmental preservation were cornerstones, it’s only natural that Solvejg through Tröskö contributes to the health and welfare of the community, near and far, by donating to several non-profit organizations. Here is where Tröskö’s philanthropic dollars have helped so far:
- USGBC, Maine chapter, http://www.maineusgbc.org
- WGBH, Boston, MA, http://www.wgbh.org
- NHPTV, New Hampshire, http://www.nhptv.org
- Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Portland, ME, http://www.kitetails.org
- Architalx, Portland, ME, http://www.architalx.org
- Firehouse Arts, Yarmouth, ME, http://www.firehouseartsme.com
- The Open Bench Project, Portland, ME, http://obportland.org
- YCAN, “Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors”, Yarmouth, ME, http://ycan.info
- Stephen Ross Scholarship Fund, Chebeague Island, ME, http://www.chebeague.org/stephenross
- Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Wells, ME, http://www.wellsreserve.org
- Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce outreach programs, Yarmouth, ME
- Yarmouth Educational Foundation, Yarmouth, ME
All art work is the property of Solvejg Makaretz and Tröskö® and may not be reproduced without written permission from Solvejg Makaretz.