Yngve Ekström (1913–1988) Sweden

Yngve Ekström was a Swedish furniture designer, woodcarver, sculptor and architect who began to work in a lumber mill at the age of 13.

It was clear at an early age that he had an aptitude for designing and shaping wood. Alongside his job, Ekström studied drawing, sculpture, painting with a focus on home decor, although basically he was self-taught.

Together with his brother Jerker Ekström, Yngve Ekström founded the successful furniture company “ESE-Möbler,” later known as Swedese Möbler. The brothers decided early on to focus on three areas: the home environment, public spaces and exports.

The readers of the magazine Sköna Hem appointed Ekström’s chair “Lamino” Swedish furniture piece of the century in 1999. The chair, which was first sold in 1956, has been produced in over 250,000 copies and is produced to this day. His furniture models are also manufactured under license in Germany and Australia. Throughout his life Ekstrom’s designs were known for their simplicity and he designed for a number of Swedish furniture companies, including Stolab in Smalandsstenar and Broby in Sunne.

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