Studio Johan Ferner Ström consists of a network of competence and talented professionals. Architects, landscape architects, lighting designers, engineers, craftsmen, casters, cultural strategists, graphic designers and constructors are included in various ways in the projects. The studio functions as a hub, where ideas are discussed and tested and where interdisciplinary work is encouraged. The teams vary in the number of participants depending on the character of the project. Working with urban projects require a broad-minded vision. Taking into account all the sediments, both historically and visionary. I have had the opportunity to work on assignments where I, along with brave clients and skilled teams sought to weave together art, architecture, landscaping, and social needs to a natural unit. To formulate or reformulate areas with art and design as a tool feels important and stimulating, but is just one of the tools in the box. I believe in maximizing the impact of ideas by participating in a dialogue with users, contractors, city developers and media.

Johan Ferner Ström

Artist, project leader and designer. Johan has completed several major art installations in public space, in institutions and in galleries. He has a thorough knowledge of the artistic process, design, urban development and environmental analyzes. ”I have worked with several major art projects in public space. The effects of these projects has resulted in considerable interest in the urban development process and the structural changes that occur in an area when you dare to think differently”.

In the early years, Johan was educated in dance and trained at the Academy of Ballet in Stockholm. Interests in the spatial are in meny ways based on this background, but has now taken the form of installations, sculptures and spatial experiments.

With roots in both the graphic design/communications industry and the art world. Johan early took an interest in how art and design can contribute to regional and local development in communication and social structures. In recent years, he has worked on major art projects, but also with education for designers and creative professionals.
Johan is one of the initiators of the program Culture & Entrepreneurship at Södertörn University, which started in 2009 and he is chairman of the Swedish Sculptors Association since 2014.

Prizes & Recognitions

UN Habitat: Project included in, “Public space toolkit” 2014

Siena Prize: Nominated 2010 Puckelboll Malmö

Making Space Award Edinburgh Scotland: Nominated 2010 Puckelboll Malmö

Silverägg 2007. Alternative media: ”Telefonplan slot for innovation”

Centre Pompidou Paris: 2nd place. Fruit Park


Urban development: Resources 13, Radical Shift / Incremental change. Royal Institute of Art/Stockholm

Pedagogics: Developmental psychology, pedagogy and media semiotics. Stockholm University

Culture & Media: Stockholm University

Business intelligence: Kairos Future.

Dance: Royal Academy of Ballet/Stockholm