Yngve Ekström (1913-1988) was an architect, woodworker and furniture designer born in Småland, Sweden. At the age of thirteen Ekström began working in the Hagafors Chair Factory. 18 years old he began to pursue a career as a designer first enrolling in drawing, painting, and sculpture courses, and then arts in Gothenburg. In 1945, Ekström, together with his older brother Jerker (1911-2006) and friend Bertil Sjöqvist, founded ESE Furniture in their hometown. Fifteen years later the company became known as Swedese. The company was sold in 1974 but Ekström continued to be an active contributor to the company until his death in 1988.Yngve Ekström 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.” In 1999 Swedish magazine Sköna Hem named the chair the “20th-Century’s Best Swedish Furniture Design.” It also received the 2003 Design Innovation Award from IMM Cologne.
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