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Axel Einar Hjorth

Swedish furniture designer Axel Einar Hjorth (1888–1959) created pieces that were as elegant as they were functional, and he frequently worked in references to a litany of inspirations including French Art Deco, Gustavian style and modernism. Ahead of his time, his style was refined and daringly simple.

Born in Krokek, Sweden, Hjorth grew up in a foster family and at 20 moved to Stockholm where he studied architecture and design at the Högre Konstindustriella Skolan (now the University of Arts, Crafts & Design). Although he dropped out when his foster father died, he went on to work for some of the largest furniture manufacturers in Sweden during the 1920s. His work was featured in the 1923 Gothenburg Exhibition world’s fair, and he exhibited a birch and cherry cabinet in the 1927 Swedish Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. His role as the head of the furniture department at Nordiska Kompaniet (NK), an upscale department store in Stockholm, from 1927 to 1938, further brought his designs to widespread acclaim, including pieces exhibited at the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.

At the 1930 Stockholm Exhibition, an influential event in the emergence of functionalism in Swedish design, Hjorth exhibited a dozen room settings that featured examples of sportstugemöbler. These furniture lines were named for islands in Sweden’s archipelago — Utö, Blidö and Torö — with designs intended for cabins and vacation homes. The use of solid Swedish pine in these pieces revealed a love of traditional rustic furniture while the simple forms boldly looked to the future. He also brought his eclectic influences to armchairs formed from tubular metal, blocky cabinets made from birch and upholstered sofas with neoclassical details, each exuberantly mixing form and function.

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"Typenko" Occasional Table by Axel Einar Hjorth for Nordiska Kompaniet, Sweden
By Axel Einar Hjorth
Located in Stockholm, SE
Round “Typenko” coffee or occasional table by Axel Einar Hjorth for NK. Striking in its simplicity, made from black lacquered birch with a stainless steel base.
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1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Axel Einar Hjorth

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Steel

Axel Einar Hjorth, table, NK 1935
By Axel Einar Hjorth
Located in Stockholm, SE
Axel Einar Hjorth, table model Typenko in red beech. Made in 1935 for the Spring Exhibition at Nordiska Kompaniet, Stockholm.
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1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Axel Einar Hjorth

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Beech

  • Axel Einar Hjorth, table, NK 1935
  • Axel Einar Hjorth, table, NK 1935
  • Axel Einar Hjorth, table, NK 1935
  • Axel Einar Hjorth, table, NK 1935
H 23.63 in. Dm 21.66 in.
Pair of Axel-Einar Hjorth "Birka" Chairs by Nordiska Kompaniet, 1930s
By Axel Einar Hjorth, NK (Nordiska Kompaniet)
Located in Stockholm, SE
Model Birka. Produced by NK, 1930s. In need of new upholstery.    
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1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Axel Einar Hjorth

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Ash

Axel Einar Hjorth "Utö" Stool in Pine for Nordiska Kompaniet Stockholm, 1930s
By Axel Einar Hjorth, NK (Nordiska Kompaniet)
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare stool in solid pine by Axel Einar Hjorth for Nordiska Kompaniet in Stockholm, 1930s. This stool comes from the original owner family and could have been lowered at some time in ...
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1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Axel Einar Hjorth

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Pine

Axel Einar Hjorth "Lovö" Pine Chair Produced by Nordiska Kompaniet, Sweden 1930s
By Axel Einar Hjorth
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare dining chair in pine model "Lovö" designed by Axel Einar Hjorth for Nordiska Kompaniet in Stockholm, Sweden, 1930s. In good vintage condition with signs from age and use. A newl...
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1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Axel Einar Hjorth

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Pine

Axel Einar Hjorth "Lovö" Table in Solid Stained Pine Produced for NK, 1930s
By Axel Einar Hjorth, NK (Nordiska Kompaniet)
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare dining / console table in solid stained pine designed by Axel Einar Hjorth and produced for Nordiska Kompaniet in Stockholm during the 1930s. In good vintage and original condit...
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1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Axel Einar Hjorth

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Pine

Carl Malmsten Stool
By Axel Einar Hjorth
Located in San Francisco, CA
Carl Malmsten stool simple but elegant hand made craftsmanship with signature leg construction, Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Axel Einar Hjorth

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Pine

  • Carl Malmsten Stool
  • Carl Malmsten Stool
  • Carl Malmsten Stool
  • Carl Malmsten Stool
H 17.5 in. W 15.5 in. D 11 in.
Swedish Art Deco Birch "Roma series" Club Chair by Axel Einar Hjorth 1920's
By Axel Einar Hjorth
Located in Brussels, BE
Swedish Art Deco club chair made by Axel Einar Hjorth circa 1920s-1930s for Bodafors of Sweden. Constructed from Flamed birch in Hjorth's iconic design style of strong lines and geom...
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1920s Swedish Art Deco Vintage Axel Einar Hjorth

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Birch

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Axel Einar Hjorth furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Axel Einar Hjorth collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 98 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Axel Einar Hjorth were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Scandinavian Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Yngve Ekström, Carl Malmsten and Nordiska Kompaniet. The prices for Axel Einar Hjorth furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $1,400 and tops out at $92,499, while pieces like these can sell for $15,609.

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