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Yngve Ekström

The architect Yngve Ekström is an excellent representative of the blonde Scandinavian design language. Together with colleagues such as Aalto, Mathsson, Jacobsen and Kjaerholm, Yngve Ekström helped making the concept “Scandinavian Modern” world known. In his most famous product, the Lamino chair (1956), he combined the tight with the light. The beautiful with the functional. And he did is so swell that the Lamino chair was appointed to the 20th century furniture in a vote made by the magazine Sköna Hem.

Ekström was born in 1913 in Hagafors, Småland, where Sweden’s oldest furniture factory was loctaded. His father died early and already at the age of 13 Yngve started working at the factory. The combination of talent for carpentry and versatile practice gave him a unique sense of material and construction. Later, together with his brother Jerker, Yngve started his own company Swedese Furniture in Vaggeryd, that still remains today. In collaboration with Stolab, Ynge Ekström has designed Arka lounge chair, Pinnockio chair, Björk table and Palle stool.

Ekströms furniture has been exhibitet all over the world and is a part of the permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. “Having made a good chair is perhaps not a bad work of life” Yngve once said. It feels like he managed to accomplish significantly more than that.

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