Beautiful, simple, comfortable – and and highly sought after. When the Swedish interior magazine Sköna Hem asked its readers to vote for the best furniture of the 20th century they elected the easy chair Lamino, designed by 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 ergonomically designed furniture.
Yngve Ekström was born 1913, in Hagafors in Småland, home to Swedan’s oldest furniture factory. His father, carpenter of wooden chairs, died early. At 13, Yngve already worked at the factory. His talent for carpentry, and studies in drawing, painting, sculpture and art history gave him a unique feeling for material and construction.
Ekström’s career coincided in time with the hight 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 the Swedish furniture company Swedese in 1945. Yngve led the company until his death 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.