“Oh lordy.” That was our initial utterance when we first stumbled across the illustrated musings of Stockholm based architect and illustrator Maja Säfström. By now our vocabulary has expanded a little bit from “ffnuqwonfnnnng!!” to “wherecanwebuytheseplease!”. Okay, getting serious now, we absolutely adore this woman. She effortlessly transports us to this little Wind in the Willows, Where the Wild Things Are-esque world and we want to grab a blanket, curl up and stay there forever.
Not only is Maja Säfström obviously killing it with her creative work, but as previously mentioned, she’s an architect too, which is like all of our girl crush dreams come true. Her neutral, muted tones and gloriously adorable scenes are truly something to behold, and love, and take home to snuggle on the couch with while eating Cheezels. There’s gotta be something in the Swedish water. If Maja were a sweet, she would probably be a marshmallow. Not because she’s soft or anything, no, no, no, this girl is tough, honest and takes a completely open, humorous look on life through her illustrations. We mean marshmallow in the most flattering sense, her work is soft, beautiful and so goddamn sweet but still has a nice little dose of cheeky, which we love. We wanna be marshmallows too.
We’ve been sitting here to and fro’ing about what a Majasbok house would actually look like if it were built like her artwork. We ended up likening it to if the Mad Hatter threw a party in the woods in Narnia and invited all the animals to attend in his wooden cabin. I guess what we’re trying to say is Maja Säfström, we love your work, we love your world, and if you’re looking to adopt a set of fun, young-ish kids, then can we be first on your list?