Helena Mattsson

Helena Mattsson (b. 1965) is an architect and a researcher based in Stockholm, Sweden. Her doctoral thesis was published 2004, Arkitektur och konsumtion: Reyner Banham och utbytbarhetens estetik (Architecture and consumption: Reyner Banham and the aesthetic of expendability). She has written extensively on architecture, art and culture, and is the editor of (with S O Wallenstein) Swedish Modernism – Architecture, Consumption and the Welfare State (2010) and 1% (2006). Mattsson was in charge for a research project at the Museum of Architecture in Stockholm, Architecture and consumption in Sweden 1930 – 1970 (2005 to 2007). She is an Associate professor in History and Theory of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Mattsson is partner in Testbedstudio Stockholm, and editor for the culture periodical SITE.


Publications (since 2011)

“Ett antikt drama”, Arkitektur, No. 5, 2013

“Postmoderna strategier: KFs reklambyrå Svea och evighetssymbolen”, FORM, No. 3, 2013

”Staging a mileau: Surfaces and event zones” in Foucault, Biopolitics, and Modernity (Huddinge: Södertörn Philosophical Studies, 2013)

Helena Mattsson, ”Work as Commodity” in Work Work Work (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2012).

“Inside, Outside, and Around the Globe: Architecture and Monumentality in an Expanded Field” in Nordic Journal of Architecture, No 1., Vol. 2, 2012

“Designing the Consumer of Infinity: The Swedish Co-operative Union’s introduction of a new consumer policy around 1979” in Kjetil Fallan (ed.) Scandinavian Design: Alternative Histories (Oxford: Berg Publisher, 2012)

Helena Mattsson, “The Fear of Postmodernism: Stockholm Globe Arena 1982-1989” in Conference proceedings European Architectural History Network (EAHN), 2012. *

“Emporia”, Arkitektur, No. 8, 2012

“Mackmyra Whiskeyby”, Arkitektur, No. 7, 2012

“Interior Work: Our Space Beyond the Office” in Uglycute (Berlin: Revolver Publishing, 2012)

Helena Mattsson, ”A Home Is Not A House: Swedish Ascetic Naturism meets a Luxurious American Modernism” in Mikael Olsson, Frösakull Södrakull (London: Steidl&Partners, 2011)

”Brytningar”, Arkitektur N, 2011

”Advertising campaign”, ”A prèt-a-portèr house”, ”The basic Wardrobe”, in Design Act (Berlin: Sternberg press, 2011)


""Where the Motorways Meets: Architecture and corporatism in Sweden 1968" in Architecture and the Welfare State, T. Avermaete, M.Swenarton, D. van den Heuvel (eds.), (London: Taylor & Francis, 2014)

"Architecture, Design, and Ideology: Building new universes with objects, milieus, and event-zones", submitted to Cassirersällskapet for publication.