Many modernist architects were universal designers with not
only a clear understanding of designing houses, but also the interior,
the furniture and almost the clothes the owners might wear. Swedese's
founder, Yngve Ekström, was no exception.
Swedese is a classic Swedish furniture producer with a strong anchor
in both the public and domestic domain.
Swedese was founded in 1945 by two brothers, Yngve and Jerker Ekström,
with Yngve leading the company until his death. Together with names
including Alvar Aalto, Bruno Mathsson, Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjaerholm,
Yngve Ekström was at the core of a generation of designers who made
the concept "Scandinavian Modern" famous all over the world. With
a keen eye, he designed Swedese's furniture, the head office building,
logo, catalogues and personalised Christmas cards including their
own poems. And so on. The most well known design of Yngve Ekström's
extensive portfolio is the Lamino armchair from 1956, which is still
manufactured and sold all over the world. In 1999 the Lamino was voted
the Twentieth Century's Best Swedish Furniture Design by the Swedish
interior design magazine Sköna Hem.
Swedese's ideals are the same today as they have been for the past
thirty, forty or fifty years. These are to create beautiful furniture
for the future, which build on the foundations of Scandinavian modern
traditions, designed by forward-looking designers who share in the
timeless ideals of architecture.
- text from www.swedese.se