Yngve Ekström (1913-1988) was born in Hagafors in Småland, Sweden, which happened to be where the country's oldest furniture industry was. Creat...
Yngve Ekström (1913-1988) was born in Hagafors in Småland, Sweden, which happened to be where the country's oldest furniture industry was.
Creative at heart, he studied drawing, sculpture, painting, music and art history. With furniture virtually in his blood, he started his own furniture company Swedese in 1945 and led it right up until his death.
Working during the postwar modern movement, he was at the centre of a generation of designers who made the concept of Scandinavian Modern famous all over the world.
The Lamino armchair from 1956 is the best known design from Yngve Ekström's extensive portfolio. It has been in continuous production ever since and has been voted the Twentieth Century's Best Swedish Furniture Design by the Swedish interior magazine Sköna Hem.
Ekström's furniture has been exhibited in museums throughout the world, and is represented in many modern permanent collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Swedish Nationalmuseum in Stockholm.