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Yngve Ekström Furniture

Swedish, 1913-1988

Vintage Yngve Ekström furniture embodies the beauty and simplicity of the Scandinavian modern style. The Swedish designer, architect and woodworker created clean-lined hardwood pieces with sophisticated details and flourishes. He was known for his comfortable lounge chair designs as well as chic cocktail tables and handsome highboard cabinets.

Ekström was born in 1913 in Småland, home to Sweden’s oldest furniture factory, Hagafors Stolfabrik. After his father died, he began working at the factory. In 1945, Ekström and his older brother, Jerker Ekström, opened ESE Möbler, a furniture company headquartered in their hometown. In 1952, they received acclaim for their innovative Thema chair. The laminated veneer chair was packed flat for easy shipping so customers could assemble it at home. Ekström followed it with the 1955 Arka chair for the furniture manufacturer Stolab. A spindle backrest and spacious curved seat gave the chair comfort and style.

Ekström’s most popular design was the 1956 Lamino chair. Still in production, the minimalist wooden-frame chair features a sinuous and inviting profile with a high backrest. Looking back at his well-loved design, Ekström said: “To have designed one good chair might not be a bad life’s work.”

After Ekström’s brother left the company, he changed the name to Swedese. Ekström sold Swedese in 1974, but continued to design for it until he died in 1988. His furniture is in museum collections around the world, including the National Museum in Stockholm, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Victoria & Albert museum in London. In 1999, Swedish design magazine Sköna Hems named the Lamino chair the “20th-Century’s Best Swedish Furniture Design.”

Swedese, which still occupies its original building in Småland, partnered with artist Kustaa Saksi in 2017 to update the iconic Lamino chair

On 1stDibs, find vintage Yngve Ekström seating, tables, storage cabinets and more.

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Creator: Yngve Ekström
Dealer: Lawson-Fenning
Yngve Ekström: "Lamino" Lounge Chair
By Yngve Ekström
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Yngve Ekström: "Lamino" Lounge Chair
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Yngve Ekström Furniture

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Yngve Ekström: "Lamino" Lounge Chair
By Yngve Ekström
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Yngve Ekström: "Lamino" Lounge Chair
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Yngve Ekström Furniture

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Beech, Sheepskin

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Yngve Ekström furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Yngve Ekström 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 Yngve Ekström furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 143 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 4 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Yngve Ekström were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Dux of Sweden, Folke Ohlsson, and Arne Norell. Prices for Yngve Ekström furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $439 and can go as high as $21,025, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,500.

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