Swedese’s founder Yngve Ekström was one of Sweden’s leading furniture designers during the 1950s and 60s. The organic and neat elegance of these chairs is typical of Ekström’s approach to furniture design, which was all about quality, innovation and craftsmanship.
This rare bench made of Oregon Pine are without a doubt among the great Swedish chair designs. The pine structures show Ekström’s background as a wood carver, sculptor and architect. The unique details make this pair a stunning representation of the Swedish designer’s craftsmanship and creativity. The spindles comprising the backrest are very successful at adding airiness and visual interest. The bench comes apart easily and packs very compact making it very suitable for people moving regularly. Marked at the bottom of the seat. With colleagues like Aalto, Mathsson, Jacobsen and Kjaerholm, Yngve Ekström was part of the post-war modern movement that made the concept “Scandinavian Modern” world-famous. His furniture is represented in many permanent collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Condition: In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Some minor scratches and discoloration on the wood. The bench needs reupholstery. Our skilled craftsmen can upholster the bench in your favorite fabric, but you can also choose to have it done yourself. Please reach out for more information.
About the designer: Yngve Ekström (June 16, 1913 in Hagafors, Småland – March 13, 1988) was a Swedish furniture designer, wood carver, sculptor and architect and an important figure in the evolution of the Scandinavian Modernism movement. Today, Yngve Ekström is best known for the “Lamino” armchair, an ergonomic and minimalist easy chair that he designed in 1956 and which has been in continuous production ever since. In 1999, the “Lamino” was named by the influential Swedish magazine “Sköna Hems” as the ultimate Swedish furniture design of the twentieth century. Ekström was the co-founder of the furniture manufacturer ESE-möbler (later renamed Swedese) with his brother Jerker and business partner Sven Bertil Sjöqvist. Ekström worked at Swedese for over 40 years until his death in 1988.
Shipping: The bench will be packed and shipped disassembled with the greatest care to make sure you will receive the item in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.