Authentic rare Mid Century Modern “Lamino” easy chair by Yngve Ekstrom Swedese Design made in Sweden. This gorgeous mid century chair is an early design in original condition. Features oak frame with continuous curved arm to leg design, making it an extremely comfortable, supportive frame. The exquisite curved back provides lumbar support making this chair as comfortable as it is beautiful. Very Rare Vintage Modern Classic design. An iconic piece of furniture, this example has remained in a single collection since it was acquired by the prior owner original early stamp (Swedese Design Yngve Ekstrom made in Sweden) remains affixed beneath. The chair is very well-crafted, comfortable and very sturdy and will certainly make a powerful impression on a clean and modern interior décor.
Condition Report: Structurally sound and very comfortable seating, original upholstery, light wear. Comfortable and very sturdy.
Creator: Yngve Ekstrom (Designer)
In the Style Of: Mid-Century Modern
Place of Origin: Sweden
Date of Manufacture: 1950s
Materials and Techniques: Oak, Fabric
Wear: Wear consistent with age and use
Measurements: 39 ” tall x 27.5″ wide x 32.5″ deep x (arm height 20″) (seat height 16.5″)
Yngve Ekström (1913-1988) was an architect, woodworker, and furniture designer from Hagafors, Småland, in Southern Sweden. At the age of thirteen, following the death of his father, Ekström began working in the country’s oldest furniture factory, Hagafors Chair Factory. Between the carpentry aptitude inherited from his family and the new skills acquired at the factory, Ekström emerged from his formative years already with a wealth of artisanal expertise.
At the age of eighteen, he began to pursue a career as a designer, first enrolling in drawing, painting, and sculpture courses, and then visiting the Röhsska Museum for decorative and applied arts in Gothenburg. In 1945, Ekström, together with his older brother Jerker (1911-2006) and friend Bertil Sjöqvist, founded ESE Furniture in their hometown. After a rough start, the company made its big break with Thema (1952), a chair made out of laminated veneer—a specialty of theirs—that could be flat-packed for efficient shipping and easily self-assembled by customers. Fifteen years later, after Sjöqvist left, the company became known as Swedese. The company sold in 1974, but Ekström continued to be an active contributor to the company until his death in 1988.
Ekström—along with other designers like Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971), and Poul Kjærholm (1929-1980)—played a key role in the development of the midcentury style known as “Scandinavian modern.” The Lamino Chair for Swedese (1956) is among Ekström’s best-known works, and it remains in production today. This undulating, minimalist armchair comprises a simple, wooden frame of layered bentwood supported by bent tubular steel legs. In 1999, Swedish magazine Sköna Hems named the chair the “20th-Century’s Best Swedish Furniture Design.” It also received the 2003 Design Innovation Award from IMM Cologne.
Other well-known designs in Ekström’s portfolio include the Ruster seating collection for Pastoe (1950s)—which features low-back and high-back models sofas and chairs made from solid teak with signature triangle armrests—as well as the spindle-back Arka Chair for Stolfabrik (1955), the modular Fakta shelving system for Swedese (1958), and a series of teak tea trolleys (1959, 1962). Ekström’s designs can be found in many permanent collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, and the Stedelijkmuseum in Amsterdam.