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© Med tillstånd av Brita-Lena Ekström, juni 2007© Med tillstånd av Brita-Lena Ekström, juni 2007

Yngve Ekström
1913-1988, Sweden

Yngve Ekström was born in 1913 in southern Sweden. His father died quite early, but had a decisive influence on the career of Ekström. Because the wood carvings, who prepared the staff of a furniture factory in his spare time, influenced the young Ekström sustainable.

Yngve Ekström always worked to a trusted formula: sublime and long-lasting design, produced by extremely skilful craftsmen, developing new techniques, using high quality and natural materials such as wood, linen, sheepskin and steel. This philosophy is realised in his design for the Lamino easy chair from 1956 which continues to be a worldwide best seller.

The Lamino chair was his big breakthrough in 1956 made with lumber-core plywood. The successful design (over 250,000 Laminos have been produced by Swedese) was selected in 1999 by the readers of the Swedish magazine Hem Sköna for "Swedish furniture of the century". Here the Lamino chair reminded of the basic form of the drafts of his compatriot Bruno Mathsson from the 1930s, but of course interpreted differently.

A particularly attention of Ekström designs earned the idea that the furniture dismantled are delivered to the customer. As early as the turn of the century Thonet took this for the dispatch of bentwood furniture, Artek later for Aalto designs. But Yngve Ekström developed even more elaborate solution by directly mitlieferte customers the tools for assembly. Using an Allen key, the Lamino chair quickly and easily by the customer then mounted ...