Yngve Ekström

Beautiful, simple, comfortable - and loved. When the Swedish interior magazine Sköna Hem asked its readers to vote the furniture of the 20th century they elected the easy chair Lamino, designed Swedese founder Yngve Ekström. "To have designed one good chair might not be a bad lifework" he said, many years earlier. But his lifework is far greater than Lamino. Yngve Ekström created beautiful, functional and humane furniture. He had his own line, and that's what keeps his furniture of current interest - and in production.

Yngve Ekström was born 1913, in Hagafors in Småland, where the country's oldest furniture factory was placed. His father, carpenter of wooden chairs, died early. At 13, Yngve already worked at the factory. His talent for carpentry, all-round practice and studies in drawing, painting, sculpture and history of art gave him a unique feeling for material and construction.

Ekström's career coincided in time with the best part of the postwar modern movement when colleagues like Alvar Aalto, Bruno Mathsson, Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjaerholm made the concept "Scandinavian Modern" famous all over the world. Yngve Ekström and his brother Jerker founded Swedese in 1945 and Yngve was leading the company until he died in 1988. Ekström's furnitures have been exhibited in Amsterdam, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Munich and Belgrade and are represented in many modern permanent collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.