Lars Apelmo

Lars is a freelance artist, designer, entertainer and educator. Since graduating from Capellgården School of Crafts in the mid 1980-ies he has combined his own art career with teaching at several art and design schools. HDK Steneby, Ölands Folkhögskola, Capellagården, Linné University and Konstfack. Lars has his home and studio in the village of Seby on the southeastern coast of Öland.

Lars has for several years seriously engaged in an effort to create an international arena for collaboration and skills-sharing within the field of wood media material-based art and sculptural woodwork on the Surprise Laboratory International platform.


Lies-Marie Hoffmann

Lies-Marie is a freelance artist using wood media as her main source of expression. She has her base in Visby on the island of Gotland in eastern Sweden. She is originally from Germany and has her education from Germany, Italy, HDK Steneby Academy of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg and received her master’s degree at Konstfack in Stockholm. She has been teaching at Gut Rosenberg Akademi in Aachen, Germany for several years, but has also taught at art and design schools in Sweden; Vårdinge Folkhögskola, HDK Steneby and Konstfack.

During the past 10 years she has completed several major public art commissions. The latest one in Ulleråker Park in the city of Uppsala named Parallel Rooms – a portal that binds historical ties with the present and future. A massive, five meters high portal fabricated out of solid logs of elm.



Per Brandstedt

Per Brandstedt is a Swedish artist and craftsman engaged in a diverse practice of furniture design, wood crafts, sculpture and public art. Per has pursued his career in wood crafts and art ever since graduating from Capellgården 1983. His studio and workshop are located in the village of Karleby, Falköping, Sweden. 

Alongside his extensive artistic practice Per has initiated and taken part in numerous international and cross-cultural collaborations and skill sharing projects that have taken him to many parts of the world.

Carl-Oscar Karlsson

Carl-Oscar is a wood artist  and craftsman from Småland, Sweden. He is the founder and creator behind the art and design studio ELAKFORM

The Studio rests on a foundation of passion and love for the creation. It´s occurance comes from a dream about sharing one’s creation. The idea is to work with furniture who lies in the crossover between art and design, to create a feeling and awake curiosity in the user. In his work Carl-Oscar creates character rich , sculptural furniture with a playful and experimental attitude, where the most important is the visual meeting that comes up between the user and the artefact.