Naja Utzon Popov
Utzon Popov’s life-long exposure to contemporary design is visible in her work, where she translates nature into textiles, glassware, ceramics and sculptures.
Naja Utzon Popov was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1973, into a family of artists. She inherited her creative genes from her grandfather, Jørn Utzon, a Danish architect known for designing the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia; her mother, the esteemed Danish artist Lin Utzon; and her father, the acclaimed Australian architect Alex Popov.
Utzon Popov’s childhood years in Denmark have always been an important source of inspiration for her work, as have the years she spent studying drawing, painting and etching at the Julian Ashton Art School in Australia.
After moving to England, Utzon Popov continued her formal artistic training at the University of Westminster School of
Media Arts and Design. Today, she is back in her native Denmark, where she works out of her studio in Copenhagen.
The approach has been highly successful. Utzon Popov’s designs were well received at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, and her large-scale clay installation for the event was acquired by the iconic Saks Fifth Avenue department store.
Utzon Popov’s glass and ceramic designs can be seen around the world, including in the Feng Sushi restaurant chain in London and the Galeria Kunstmann in Mallorca. Her beautiful rug designs inspire poetic names, such as Botanica, Oceania and Woodlines.
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