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Östen Kristiansson

Swedish

Swedish designer-siblings Uno Kristiansson and Östen Kristiansson are best known to collectors of vintage furniture for their imaginative lighting and mirrors. As partners, Uno & Östen Kristiansson united high-quality, practical Scandinavian modern design with fresh innovation. 

Uno and Östen Kristiansson were born in southern Sweden. Their father was a furniture maker who owned a workshop — Vittsjo — that was named for the village in which it was located. In 1950, Uno opened his workshop in the same village. He called his company Luxus and brought his younger brother Östen on board as a designer and builder.

Like lots of designers of the era, the Kristianssons favored traditional teak wood but also employed more forward-looking materials such as glass, acrylic, leather and plastic. While their work spoke to the organic forms and craftsmanship that is typical of many Scandinavian modern designers, the brothers created minimalist oak mirrors and shapely pine wall lights — which often featured an integration of rattan — that set them apart from other artisans in their field. 

Around 1966, Östen took over their father’s workshop and renamed it Östen Kristiansson AB. He eventually returned the company’s name to Vittsjo

After 1970, Uno and Östen Kristiansson focused primarily on lamps and mirrors. They designed most of these works in acrylic, and wood became more of a secondary material in their composition. Collectors and interior designers continue to prize the many inventive furnishings they produced.

Find vintage Östen Kristiansson table lamps, chandeliers and other furniture on 1stDibs.

Cobalt Blue Glass Table Lamp by Uno & Östen Kristiansson for Luxus, Sweden
By Östen Kristiansson, Luxus Vittsjö, Uno Kristiansson
Located in Karis, Nyland
Large 1970s cobalt blue glass table lamp by Luxus Vittsjö, made in Sweden. The top is made of white plastic. E27 socket.
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1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Östen Kristiansson

Materials

Glass, Acrylic

Mirror in Rosewood and Leather by Uno & Osten Kristiansson for Glas Mäster
By AB Markaryd, Östen Kristiansson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rosewood and leather round wall mirror by Uno & Osten Kristiansson for Glas Mäster.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Östen Kristiansson

Materials

Leather, Mirror, Rosewood

Sconces / Wall Lights in Solid Pine, Luxus Sweden, 1960s
By Östen Kristiansson, Luxus Vittsjö, Luxus of Sweden, Uno Kristiansson, Uno & Östen Kristiansson
Located in Stockholm, SE
A pair of large wall lights designed by Uno Kristiansson circa 1966 and made by Luxus. The main body of the design is turned pine wood. White acrylic diffusers sit atop the sconces a...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Östen Kristiansson

Materials

Fabric, Pine, Plastic

Scandinavian Teak Frame Mirror Model 402 By Östen Kristiannson
By Östen Kristiansson
Located in Vienna, AT
Teak organic shaped frame with a mirror. Designed in Sweden by Östen Kristiansson in the 1960s.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Östen Kristiansson

Materials

Mirror, Teak

Uno Kristiansson Luxus Sweden Wall Lights / Sconces Solid Pine Sweden, 1960s
By Östen Kristiansson, Luxus Vittsjö, Luxus of Sweden, Uno Kristiansson, Uno & Östen Kristiansson
Located in Stockholm, SE
A pair of large wall lights designed by Uno Kristiansson circa 1966 and made by Luxus. The main body of the design is turned pine wood. White acrylic diffusers sit atop the sconces. ...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Östen Kristiansson

Materials

Plastic, Pine

Rosewood Hand Mirror by Uno & Osten Kristiansson for Luxus, Sweden, 1950s
By Östen Kristiansson, Luxus of Sweden, Uno Kristiansson
Located in Balen, BE
A rare hand mirror designed by Uno & Osten Kristiansson for Luxus, Sweden, 1950s. Elegantly made out of solid rosewood with a black leather rear inlay. Beautiful and very tactile ob...
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Östen Kristiansson

Materials

Leather, Mirror, Rosewood

Large Rustic Table Lamp, Stained solid wood, Uno Kristiansson, Luxus, Sweden
By Uno & Östen Kristiansson, Östen Kristiansson, Luxus of Sweden, Luxus Vittsjö, Uno Kristiansson
Located in Vorst, BE
A sculptural table lamp, lamp foot in turned pine or beech wood, dark stained. Designed by Uno Kristiansson, for Luxus, Sweden, 1970s. Marked Luxus - made in Sweden. For E26/27 b...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Östen Kristiansson

Materials

Pine, Beech

Pair large cylindric wood Table Lamps by Uno & Östen Kristiansson, Luxus, Sweden
By Uno & Östen Kristiansson, Östen Kristiansson, Luxus of Sweden, Luxus Vittsjö, Uno Kristiansson
Located in Vorst, BE
A pair of architectural table lamps. Lamp foots in wood, probably teak. Designed by Uno Kristiansson, for Luxus, Sweden, 1970s. Both retain their original labels: made in Sweden - ...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Östen Kristiansson

Materials

Teak

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Östen Kristiansson furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Östen Kristiansson furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Östen Kristiansson furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Östen Kristiansson were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in sweden during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Johansfors Glasbruk , Alf Svensson & Yngve Sandström, and Falkenberg. Prices for Östen Kristiansson furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $813 and can go as high as $4,313, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,275.

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