Campagna Fabric

The pattern of stylised flowers in straight lines was composed in the mid-1930s and was first block-printed by Elsa Gullberg. Carl Malmsten used the fabric for his interiors, for example at the Swedish Institute in Rome and the Supreme Court in Stockholm. The fabric is produced from cloth supplied by Berghem väveri and is currently printed in England.

Designed:

1930s

SIZE:

Width: 150 cm

MATERIAL:

Linen

Campagna Wallpaper

The pattern of stylised flowers in straight lines was composed in the mid-1930s and was first block-printed by Elsa Gullberg. Carl Malmsten used the fabric for his interiors, for example at the Swedish Institute in Rome and the Supreme Court in Stockholm. The pattern was later developed for wallpaper and is today printed as an exclusive edition by Handtryckta tapeter Långholmen.

DESIGNED:

1930s

SIZE:

Width: 50cm
Length: 10 metres
Repeat: 40 cm

FÅGEL BLÅ

The pattern with birds and flowers was one Carl Malmsten’s first designs. He made it for the Home Exhibition 1917 at Liljevalchs art museum, which opened the same year. The exhibition was organised by the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design and had a clearly stated social agenda. There was a campaign for simplicity in furnishings and a Swedish style – also when it came to wallpaper patterns. The organisers had estimated that around 8,000 people would come to the exhibition, but during the two months that it was showing no less than 40,000 people turned up. However, the working classes, which they had hoped to attract, were conspicuous by their absence. Instead, the “every day products” shown at the exhibition became a new fashion for the better off. Fågel Blå is also available as wallpaper, printed with a 100-year-old collagraph machine at Lim & Handtryck. Available in five colour combinations as a fabric and three versions as wallpaper.

DESIGNED:

1917

TEXTILE:

Material: Wool 85%, polyamide 15%.

SIZE:

150 cm, repeat 50 x 76 cm

PRODUCER:

Ludvig Svensson

Fågel blå

The pattern with birds and flowers was one Carl Malmsten’s first designs. He made it for the Home Exhibition 1917 at Liljevalchs art museum, which opened the same year. The exhibition was organised by the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design and had a clearly stated social agenda. There was a campaign for simplicity in furnishings and a Swedish style – also when it came to wallpaper patterns. The organisers had estimated that around 8,000 people would come to the exhibition, but during the two months that it was showing no less than 40,000 people turned up. However, the working classes, which they had hoped to attract, were conspicuous by their absence. Instead, the “every day products” shown at the exhibition became a new fashion for the better off.
The wallpaper was originally made at Kåbergs wallpaper factory. Today, it is printed with a 100-year-old collagraph machine at Lim & Handtryck.

DESIGNED:

1917

WALLPAPER:

Material: Paper.

SIZE:

10 m x 50 cm.

PRODUCER:

Lim & Handtryck

Farmor

In the mid-1950s, Carl Malmsten awarded ten small furniture companies, mainly in Småland, the honour of making series of some of his products. Among the first pieces was Farmor, which soon became the most popular armchair. It has a high back and maximum sitting comfort, and is also neat and easily placed. Carl Malmsten wanted his furniture to express a particular feeling or mood, and this was reflected in the names he gave them. Farmor (Grandmother) was one of the armchairs in a series with names of members of the family, such as Farfar (Grandfather), Husmor (Housekeeper) and Lilla Syster (Little Sister).

DESIGNED

1956

SIZE

Height 100 cm, Width: 72 cm, Depth: 83 cm, Seat height: 41 cm, Seat depth 52 cm. 
Legs can be extended by up to 5 cm.

MATERIAL

The frame is in solid pine. The seat is built up with nozag springs. The padding consists of cold foam, polyether and fiberfill. Legs in solid oak.

PRODUCER

O.H. Sjögren

Flinck

Simple, solid, and with a small indentation in the back, making it easy to lift. Carl Malmsten once answered the question of how a chair is made: “A chair always succeeds another chair; they grow out of each other”. In Malmsten’s case, the chairs had their roots both in the rich soil of Swedish furniture tradition and in his own luxuriant garden. In Malmsten’s words, a chair could be described as: “safe, lush and summer-friendly…”

DESIGNED:

1951

SIZE:

Height: 77 cm, Width: 41 cm, Depth: 39 cm, Seat height: 45 cm, Seat depth: 36 cm

MATERIAL:

Solid birch, leather seat optional

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Soap, hardwax oil, egg oil tempera or clear varnish

Producer:

Tre Sekel möbelsnickeri

Guldheden desk

The slim, elegant desk with slightly flared legs was shown at the large home and interiors fair “Bo bättre” at Guldheden in Gothenburg, in autumn 1945. The model was produced in collaboration with Nordiska Kompaniet and was created by Malmsten, together with an elegant armchair and a whole a range of furniture with the same expression, for the interior design of a four bedroom flat “intended for a family with two boys of school age and a newborn baby”.

DESIGNED:

1945/1966

SIZE:

Height 75 cm, Width: 60 cm, Length: 120 cm

MATERIAL:

Solid birch/birch veneer

Surface treatment:

White varnish, birch clear varnish, hardwax oil, or hand painted/egg oil tempera

OTHER:

3 lockable drawers. Leather desk pad optional

PRODUCER:

Tre Sekel möbelsnickeri

Guldheden Headboard

Carl Malmsten composed a bed, desk, desk chair, serving table and storage piece for the home and interiors fair at Guldheden in Gothenburg. Much later, a new series was created based on these pieces and named after the 1945 trade fair, the same year that Carl Malmsten was awarded the Prince Eugen Medal. The headboard with an elegant pattern of laths comes in several shapes and sizes, either as a separate headboard or a complete bed frame with bed end.

DESIGNED:

1945/1966

STORLEK:

Width: 90, 120, 160 or 180 cm Length: 200 cm.

MATERIAL:

Birch, cherry, oak or smoked oak

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Oiled natural or white, soaped white, varnished or stained

PRODUCER:

Tre Sekel möbelsnickeri

Häggbom

A comfortable, slightly reclining, armchair in classic wingback style, with strong support for the lower back, elongated backrest and deep seat. Häggbom suits people with a long back and long legs, who want to sit comfortably for long periods. The armchair was designed in collaboration with his friend and civic architect of the time, Sven Häggbom in Gävle, probably for a client of the latter. Read more about the “world’s best armchair” here.

DESIGNED:

1951

SIZE:

Height: 100 cm, Width: 82 cm, Depth: 92 cm, Seat height: 43 cm, Seat depth 55 cm. 
Legs can be extended by up to 5 cm.

MATERIAL:

The frame is in solid pine. The seat is built up with nozag springs. The padding consists of cold foam, polyether and fiberfill. Reversible cushion filled with a mixture of seabird feathers and synthetic down. Legs in solid oak. The armchair is available with a fixed seat or loose cushion.

PRODUCER:

O.H. Sjögren

Hemmakväll sofa

Hemmakväll was the first item of furniture in a series for the family. It is as base sofa around which the family could gather. It was followed by Farmor, Lillasyster and several other models with familiar names, so typical for Carl Malmsten, and which contribute to the feeling of homeliness that he wanted to create with his furniture. Many of Malmsten’s designs originated in the late 19th century upholstered furniture for the bourgeoisie. He was inspired without copying; his ability to make use of tradition without getting stuck in old ideals was unwaivering.

DESIGNED:

1956

SIZE:

Height: 83 cm, Width: 205 cm, Depth: 84 cm, Seat height: 43 cm, Seat depth 54 cm. 
Legs can be extended by up to 5 cm.

MATERIAL:

The frame is in solid pine. The seat is built up with nozag springs. The padding consists of cold foam, polyether and fiberfill. Legs in solid oak. Available with loose cushions or fixed seat.

PRODUCER:

O.H. Sjögren

Herrgården

Second to the spindle back chair Lilla Åland, Herrgården is probably the most widely distributed piece of Malmsten furniture. The chair was part of a dining room set commissioned and designed in 1948 for the Ulfsparre family manor. Just seven year later, serial production of the chair began, and it was first shown in 1956, when the so called Key Workshops demonstrated their skills at the exhibition “Living Swedish Tradition” at the Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft in Gothenburg. The original model had been slightly altered; on Herrgården, the bar across the back also covers the outermost slats, which was not the case with Ulfsparre. The series includes chair, armchair, oval table, sideboards and display cabinet.

Designed:

1956

Size chair:

Height 85 cm, Width: 43 cm, Depth: 44 cm, Seat height 45 cm, Seat depth: 43 cm.

SIZE ARMCHAIR:

Width: 55 cm, Height: 85 cm, Seat depth: 43 cm, Seat height 45 cm.

MATERIAL:

Solid birch, upholstered seat

SURFACE TREATMENT:

White varnish, birch clear varnish, hardwax oil or egg oil tempera

PRODUCER:

Tre Sekel möbelsnickeri

Herrgården armchair

Second to the spindle back chair Lilla Åland, Herrgården is probably the most widely distributed piece of Malmsten furniture. The chair was part of a dining room set commissioned and designed in 1948 for the Ulfsparre family manor. Just seven year later, serial production of the chair began, and it was first shown in 1956, when the so called Key Workshops demonstrated their skills at the exhibition “Living Swedish Tradition” at the Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft in Gothenburg. The original model had been slightly altered; on Herrgården, the bar across the back also covers the outermost slats, which was not the case with Ulfsparre. The series includes chair, armchair, oval table, sideboards and display cabinet.

Designed:

1956

Size chair:

Width: 43 cm, Height 85 cm, Seat depth: 43 cm, Seat height 45 cm.

SIZE ARMCHAIR:

Width: 55 cm, Height: 85 cm, Seat depth: 43 cm, Seat height 45 cm.

MATERIAL:

Solid birch, upholstered seat

SURFACE TREATMENT:

White varnish, birch clear varnish, hardwax oil or egg oil tempera

PRODUCER:

Tre Sekel möbelsnickeri

Herrgården dining table

The dining room suite Herrgården was presented at the exhibition “Living Swedish Tradition” at the Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft in Gothenburg, in 1956. The model originates from furniture designed by Carl Malmsten for the Ulfsparre family manor a few years earlier. The series includes table, chairs, sideboards and display cabinet.

DESIGNED:

1956

SIZE:

Height: 74 cm, Width: 100 cm, Length 149 cm, 2 or 3 extension leaves à 55 cm,

MATERIAL:

Solid birch/birch veneer

SURFACE TREATMENT:

White varnish, birch clear varnish, hardwax oil or egg oil tempera

PRODUCER:

Tre Sekel möbelsnickeri

Herrgården display cabinet

The dining room suite Herrgården was presented at the exhibition “Living Swedish Tradition” at the Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft in Gothenburg, in 1956. The model originates from furniture designed by Carl Malmsten for the Ulfsparre family manor a few years earlier. The series includes table, chairs, sideboards and display cabinet. The two last mentioned pieces have doors with decorative ribbing.

DESIGNED:

1956

SIZE:

Height: 185 cm, Width: 100 cm, Depth 39 cm.

MATERIAL:

Solid birch and blockboard with birch veneer. Glass shelves and lighting included as standard in top cabinet. 3 wooden shelves in bottom cupboard.

Surface treatment:

White varnish, birch clear varnish, hardwax oil or egg oil tempera

PRODUCER:

Tre Sekel möbelsnickeri

Herrgården sideboard

The dining room suite Herrgården was presented at the exhibition “Living Swedish Tradition” at the Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft in Gothenburg, in 1956. The model originates from furniture designed by Carl Malmsten for the Ulfsparre family manor a few years earlier. The series includes table, chairs, sideboards and display cabinet. The two last mentioned pieces have doors with decorative ribbing.

DESIGNED:

1956

SIZE:

Height: 96 cm, Width: 100/150 cm, Depth 39 cm.

MATERIAL:

Solid birch and blockboard with birch veneer.

SURFACE TREATMENT:

White varnish, birch clear varnish, hardwax oil or egg oil tempera

PRODUCER:

Tre Sekel möbelsnickeri

Jättepaddan

A solid, cosy armchair, comfortably reclined, with pleasing rounded forms, generous format and soft upholstered seat. The armchair was presented at the Liljevalchs exhibition in 1934, where Carl Malmsten participated together with the textile artists Märta Måås-Fjetterström and Elsa Gullberg, the furniture designer David Blomberg, and Estrid Ericson from Svenskt Tenn. Carl Malmsten always wanted to express something with his furniture; a feeling or a quality. This often finds expression in the furniture’s names. Jättepaddan (Giant Toad) is a striking and humourous example of this.

DESIGNED:

1934

SIZE:

Height: 96 cm, Width: 88 cm, Depth: 98 cm, Seat height: 44 cm, Seat depth 55 cm. 
Legs can be extended by up to 5 cm.

MATERIAL:

The frame is in solid pine. The seat has a double-spring interior with a combination of nozag and spiral springs. The padding consists of cold foam, polyether and fiberfill. Reversible cushion filled with a mixture of seabird feathers and synthetic down. Legs in solid oak.

PRODUCER:

O.H. Sjögren

Jönköping

The simple Shaker-style display cabinet from the mid-1950s is one of the many finds from the rich Malmsten archives. It was designed for the Jönköping County Museum for the display of objects. Eyvind Beckman from Gothenburg was the interior designer and the leg stand is reminiscent of works by him. However, the vitrines were delivered from Carl Malmsten and it is likely that the two worked together on the design. More than 60 years later, it is put into production for the first time – now as a piece of furniture for beautiful and valued items in the home.

DESIGNED:

1956

SIZE:

Height: 168 cm, Width: 100cm, Depth: 42 cm.

MATERIAL:

Birch

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Hardwax oil

PRODUCER:

Artisanally crafted to order. Martin Altwegg.

Kaj

A Malmsten chair, designed not by Carl Malmsten but by his son, the interior architect Vidar Malmsten. The rich Malmsten archive contains many of Vidar’s sketches. His design idiom is regarded as vigourous, a little gnarly and more foreceful compared to his father’s. This stackable model was designed for the parish hall at Sundbyberg Church and production resumed in 2013. Another of Carls Malmsten’s sons, Egil Malmsten, has described his brother as “genial and able to work in total chaos, producing the most wondrous objects”. Tragically, Vidar Malmsten died prematurely.

DESIGNED:

1959

SIZE:

Height: 78 cm, Width: 48 cm, Depth: 78 cm, Seat height: 45 cm, Seat depth 41 cm.

MATERIAL:

Solid birch and oak, seat in leather, seaweed or string. Loose leather cushion optional

Surface treatment:

Soap, oil, white, natural, smoked oak, egg oil tempera

PRODUCER:

Tre Sekel möbelsnickeri

Korsblomma

Over the years, Carl Malmsten made quite a few wallpaper designs. Colourful sketches of this design are found in CM’s archive. Malmsten called this pattern ”Korsblomma” and it was available both as wallpaper and fabric. ”Korsblomma”, also called Passion flower, was nominated “Plant of the Month” by the magazine Husmodern’s flower club in 1941. Was it this that inspired Carl Malmsten’s design, or was the pattern just a play on words (cross flower)? Anyhow, the exotic plant was popular in functionalist environments, and the rounded corners of the pattern is an example of a design language that Malmsten came to develop and strongly advocate: ”Break all edges thoroughly”. He simply believed that furniture and forms with rounded corners are kinder to the touch and to the eye.

The patterns Tussilago, Fågel blå and Korsblomma are printed by Lim & Handtryck’s Färg & Tapetmakeri using the same handicraft skills and types of material as when they were first printed in 1917 and in the 40s (roller printing on paper with distemper shaded with iron oxides and earth pigment). The wallpapers are wipeable.

PRODUCER:

Lim & Handtryck

Lata greven

Carl Malmsten designed a number of “grevar” (Counts) between the 1930s and 1950s. They were often commissioned for special people or projects. The original “Count” was made for Count Carl Douglas, the “Rom-greve” was designed for the Swedish Institute in Rome, “Kockumsgreven” for the largest shipbuilder at the time, and “HD-greven” for the Supreme Court in 1947. Lata Greven (Lazy Count) – designed for a Count who wanted a highly comfortable desk chair – was the last of the series. Like all “Counts”, it is a simplified version of the armchair Jonas Love, which Carl Malmsten designed for the New York World Fair 1939, and which in turn is a late relative of the ancient Greek klismos chair.

DESIGNED

1953

SIZE

Height: 77 cm, Width: 60 cm, Depth: 62 cm, Seat height: 42 cm, Seat depth: 44 cm.

MATERIAL

The frame is in solid birch. The seat elastic is built up with rubber webbing. The padding consists of cold foam, polyether and fiberfill.

PRODUCER

O.H. Sjögren

Lilla Åland

In the 1940s, the spindle back chair moved into the living room. Carl Malmsten found inspiration for his version during a visit to a church in Åland. In the book Levande svensk tradition (Living Swedish Tradition) he wrote: “In Åland, where I was teaching a course in woodcrafting in 1939, I encountered in the vestry of the Finström medieval church some high-backed spindle chairs, which completely beguiled me. The curved verve of the seat and the caressing, backside-friendly recess, as well as the staged ascent of the legs and 8 spindles bore witness to a masterly feeling for construction and rhythmical expression. Chair Åland is its downsized, for contemporary homes and machine production, pure descendant.”

The pupil Sven Erik Fryklund measured the archetype, and the final product was developed at the factory in consultation with the wood turner. Production started in 1942. There was also a “Stora Åland”, but this stayed on the drawing board.

DESIGNED:

1942

SIZE:

Height 88 cm, Width: 44 cm, Depth: 57 cm, Seat height 44 cm, Seat depth: 44 cm.

MATERIAL:

Solid birch or oak. Black leather seat or seat cushion optional

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Clear varnish, light matt varnish, oil or paint

OTHER:

Also available as armchair, children’s chair low or high

PRODUCER:

Stolab

Lilla Åland armchair

The armchair version of Lilla Åland was also presented in 1942. It is several centimeters wider across the seat which, together with the armrests, considerably increases the comfort. Carl Malmsten also designed a rocking chair with principally the same components and measurements as the armchair. The colour of furniture was important for Carl Malmsten and a sky-blue Lilla Åland was featured in many adverts in the 1950s. The wood was pale yellow birch, lightly warm-stained pine or oak. Today, the options are oil, varnish, lacquer and ten different colours – including a pale blue.

DESIGNED:

1942

SIZE:

Height 88 cm, Width: 55 cm, Depth: 57 cm, Seat Height 44 cm, Seat depth: 42 cm.

MATERIAL:

Solid birch or oak. Black leather seat or seat cushion optional

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Clear varnish, light matt varnish, oil or paint

OTHER:

Also available without armrests and as children’s chair low or high

PRODUCER:

Stolab

Lundeqvist

A soft curved back, a rolling line that turns into a friendly embrace. The welcoming and intimate sofa was commissioned by the Kockum director Gösta Lundeqvist. In character and form, the design is reminiscent of Carl Malmsten’s snuggle-up armchair “Redet” from 1936. This was created “for a young and fair wife to nestle in”. The sofa – which is now in production for the first time – also invites you to lounge.

DESIGNED:

1949

SIZE:

Height: 88 cm, Length: 200 cm, Depth: 75 cm, Seat height: 39 cm. 
Legs can be extended by up to 5 cm.

MATERIAL:

The frame is of solid pine. The seat is built up with nozag springs. The padding consists of cold foam, polyether and fiberfill. Legs in solid oak.

PRODUCER:

O.H. Sjögren

Meditation

When Dag Hammarskjöld was Secretary-General of the United Nations, he created “a room of quiet” in the UN building in New York, where people could withdraw in silence. He ordered a fresco by Bo Beskow for the back wall and, apart from a large ironstone rock, the only pieces of furniture were eight stools designed by Carl Malmsten. The stools are still there.
In connection with the 125th anniversary of the designer’s birth in 2013, 125 numbered stools were produced in oiled oak with seaweed stringing.

DESIGNED:

1956

SIZE:

Height: 41 cm, Width: 65 cm, Depth: 41 cm.

MATERIAL:

Solid oak, seat in braided seaweed

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Hardwax oil

PRODUCER:

Tre Sekel möbelsnickeri

Nya berlin

In 1937, Carl Malmsten designed a sofa for the Swedish diplomatic mission in Berlin. He named the sofa Berlin. Twenty years later, he modified the model slightly and called it Nya Berlin (New Berlin). In the following years, only a few copies were made. In 2008, the strict sofa with clean lines was chosen by Jonny Johansson at Acne and was made exclusively for the fashion concern’s flagship stores around the world. Since 2010, the elegant sofa is available from furniture stores.

DESIGNED:

1958

SIZE:

Height: 75 cm, Width: 140 cm, Depth: 80 cm, Seat height: 41 cm, Seat depth: 54 cm. 
Legs can be extended by up to 5 cm.

MATERIAL:

The frame is in solid pine. The seat is built up ith nozag springs. The padding consists of cold foam, polyether and fiberfill. Legs in solid oak.

PRODUCER:

O.H. Sjögren

Oskar

The Oskar armchair was designed in 1939, the same year that Carl Malmsten participated in the New York World Fair. It was here that the expression “Swedish Modern” was launched, but Malmsten – who was awarded the title “Master of Wood” by the Christian Science Monitor – was a traditionalist mainly concerned with comfort in the home. As with so many of his pieces of furniture, it was modelled on an earlier design – his own or from previous generations. The Oskar armchair may reflect the furnishings that he created for the living room at Ulriksdal Palace, which was given to the royal couple Gustaf Adolf and Louise by the Swedish people in 1923.

DESIGNED:

1939

SIZE:

Height: 105 cm, Width: 69 cm, Depth: 83 cm, Seat height: 43 cm, Seat depth 51 cm. 
Legs can be extended by up tol 5 cm.

MATERIAL:

The frame is in solid pine. The seat has a double-spring interior with a combination of nozag and spiral springs. The padding consists of cold foam, polyether and fiberfill. Legs in solid pine.

PRODUCER:

O.H. Sjögren

Putte stool

Visingsö, Hadar, Rusthållaren, Capella… Carl Malmsten designed a number of stools, sturdy and solid in birch or pine, and always with a fine recess in the seat. Kind to the back and pleasing to the eye. The Putte stool is a small, but older relative of the larger stools – with fine details, such as the stylish tapering of the legs where they fix into the seat. A hole for the hand makes it easier to lift. The stool was designed for an exhibition at Ostermans Marmorhallar in Stockholm. Today, it is made from offcuts by the furniture manufacturer Tre Sekel in Tibro. The result is different types of wood for different stools.

DESIGNED:

1941

SIZE:

Height low stool: 17 cm, Height high stool: 26 cm, Width: 24 cm, Length: 35 cm.

MATERIAL:

Birch, pine, ash or oak

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Hardwax or soap.

PRODUCER:

Tre Sekel möbelsnickeri

Reymersholm

Chaise longue, canapé, daybed… This piece of furniture with simple lines has a tight elegance which is unusual in Carl Malmsten’s designs. The original drawings show that the daybed could be ordered with a small extendable shelf for tea cup and book. An angle section could also be added to create a corner sofa, as well as a bookshelf for the foot end. The first order also included a bed with a headboard, round table, bedside table with bookshelf, cupboard and sideboard. The client is believed to be the manager of the liquor factory on Reimersholme in Stockholm.

DESIGNED:

1944

SIZE:

Length: 190 cm, Width: 72 cm.

MATERIAL:

The frame is in solid birch or oak. The seat is made of hemp webbing. The padding consists of cold foam, polyether and fiberfill. Legs in solid oak

PRODUCER:

Tre Sekel/O.H. Sjögren

Runda samsas

Runda Samsas is a model from the Samsas series, and was once designed for a postmaster in Bromma to fit under the bay window in his new house. The basic Samsas model from 1960 is, in turn, a further developed version of the armchair Konsert, which Carl Malmsten designed for the Stockholm Concert Hall in 1923. Konsert was put into production – slightly modified – in the 1930s. The approach was typical for Carl Malmsten: Lovingly, he turned and twisted his favourite designs. As the interior designer Lena Larsson, herself a pupil of Malmsten, wrote: “In fact, CM designed the same piece of furniture throughout his life. Especially his upholstered item for sitting. This was refined, simplified, worked in different types of wood, with different finishes. But it stood firmly on its legs: a timeless Malmsten. He believed in the principle of slow ripening.”

DESIGNED:

1966

SIZE:

Height: 89 cm, Length: 200 cm, Depth: 103 cm. Seat height: 42 cm, Seat depth: 49 cm. Legs can be extended by up to 5 cm.

MATERIAL:

The frame is in solid pine. The seat is built up with nozag springs. The padding consists of cold foam, polyether and fiberfill. Legs in solid oak.

PRODUCER:

O.H. Sjögren

Rundrygg

During the 1930s, the Swedish Institute in Rome was to be furnished with the best of Swedish design. Some of the country’s leading architects and designers were commissioned to represent Sweden. Ivar Tengbom designed the impressive building, especially adapted for the plot of land the Swedish State received from Italy as a gift. Elsa Gullberg created the textiles, Märta Måås-Fjetterström the mats, and Carl Malmsten was commissioned to design the furniture. One of these was the curvy Rundrygg (Round Back) with a softly rounded back and comfortable seat. After a few decades of hibernation, it was put into production again in 1992; an excellent illustration of the timelessness of Carl Malmsten’s designs.

DESIGNED:

1939

SIZE:

Height: 99 cm, Width: 85 cm, Depth: 97 cm, Seat height: 42 cm, Seat depth: 54 cm. 
Legs can be extended by up to 5 cm.

MATERIAL:

The frame is in solid pine. The seat is built up with nozag springs. The padding consists of cold foam, polyether and fiberfill. Legs in solid oak.

PRODUCER:

O.H. Sjögren

Samsas armchair

Samsas is today regarded as the most typical item of Malmsten furniture. In his work, Carl Malmsten often returned to his earlier designs, which he renewed and simplified. Samsas is such a product, which when it was designed in 1960 had its roots in a model that was almost 40 years old. The original was an armchair designed for the Stockholm Concert Hall in 1923.

Leó Jóhannsson, long-time senior lecturer in furniture design at Malmstens, has described the armchair: “Samsas has everything required in an armchair: Expression, comfort, whole big form, fine lines and details – and the feeling of music”.

DESIGNED:

1960

SIZE:

Height: 82 cm, Width: 70 cm, Depth: 81 cm, Seat height: 42 cm, Seat depth: 51 cm. 
Legs can be extended by 5 cm.

MATERIAL:

The frame is in solid pine. The seat is built up with nozag springs. The padding consists of cold foam, polyether and fiberfill. Legs in solid oak.

PRODUCER:

O.H. Sjögren

Samsas sofa

The neat sofa was a specialty to which Carl Malmsten returned several times. When a model was appreciated, requests came for different widths, and today there is a range of sofas in different sizes to choose from. The sofa Samsas was designed the same years as the armchair, in 1960 and, as always, the designer’s big sources of inspiration can be sensed: Swedish nature and culture. He gave his pieces of furniture names that arouse associations – such as Samsas (getting on well together).

DESIGNED:

1960

SIZE:

Height: 85 cm, Lenght: 155/180 cm, Depth: 79 cm, Seat height: 42 cm, Seat depth: 49 cm. Legs can be extended by up to 5 cm.

MATERIAL:

The frame is in solid pine. The seat is built up with nozag springs. The padding consists of cold foam, polyether and fiberfill. Legs in solid oak.

PRODUCER:

O.H. Sjögren

Samspel

The sofa Samspel was composed by Carl Malmsten in 1956 and was then produced by the furniture makers Record in Bollnäs. In the same year, the museum curator and cultural profile Erik Wettergren wrote that the strength in Malmsten’s work is about “the deep roots in Swedish tradition and human sense of comfort”. A statement that is still true today, more than 60 year later. After many years of hibernation, O.H. Sjögren resumed production of the sofa in 2016.

DESIGNED:

1956

SIZE:

Height: 82 cm, Length: 155 cm, Depth: 80 cm, Seat height: 40 cm, Seat depth: 52 cm. 
Legs can be extended by up to 5 cm.

MATERIAL:

The frame is in solid pine. The seat has a double-spring interior with a combination of nozag and spiral springs. The padding consists of cold foam, polyether and fiberfill. Reversible cushion filled with a mixture of seabird feathers and synthetic down. Legs in solid oak.

PRODUCER:

O.H. Sjögren

Skedblad

Designed by Carl Malmsten and looking at the backrest, the chair was named after the bowl of a spoon. Skedblad is a strong example of how Carl Malmsten was often inspired by historic models. Here, it was a rustic hand carved allmoge chair that was reinterpreted for a journey into our times. Skedblad was recently put back into production exclusively for Arket, the H&M chain’s latest brand, and is now part of the furnishings in all the cafés in the ARKET stores around the world. Read the article about Skedblad here!

DESIGNED:

1933

SIZE:

Height: 90 cm, Width: 42 cm, Depth: 43 cm, Seat height: 45 cm, Seat depth: 36 cm.

MATERIAL:

Solid oak

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Soap, oil white, natural

PRODUCER:

Tre Sekel

Släden

Släden belongs to Carl Malmsten’s most pleasing and neat items; a graceful and very useful table nest with two pull-out tables that glide easily on slightly curved runners, hence the name Släden (Sledge). In 1947, Malmsten worked together with some of the best woodworkers in Sweden before the table nest took shape. This item represents the height of Swedish furniture design.
On many of Carl Malmsten’s designs it says: “Break all edges thoroughly”. This clearly summarises the designer’s vision that furniture should be kind to the eye and to the touch.

DESIGNED:

1948

SIZE:

Height: 57 cm, Width: 41 cm, Length: 70 cm. 
Small tables: Height: 53 cm, Width: 37 cm, Length: 34 cm.

MATERIAL:

Oak, birch or smoked oak

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Oil white/natural, soap, varnish

PRODUCER:

Tre Sekel möbelsnickeri

Stadshusstolen

Stadshusstolen (City Hall Chair) was the starting signal for Carl Malmsten’s career as a furniture designer. He was 28 years old when he won the competition announced by Ragnar Östberg and the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design for simple office furniture protoypes for the City Hall. You can understand the surprise of the jury when they realised that both first and second prize had been awarded to a hitherto completely unknown designer. The same year, Malmsten opened his own workshop on Tunnelgatan in Stockholm. When Carl Malmsten much later commented on his prize winning furniture, he wrote, tounge-in-cheek: “The chairs suit every decisive, orderly – however, not inflexible, bureaucratic – earthly rooted person.”
Oddly enough, Stadshusstolen never found a place in the building. Today, the chair with its graceful and prominent Art Nouveau character, is produced by Tre Sekel.

Designed:

1916

Size:

Height: 85 cm, Width: 63 cm, Depth 48 cm, Seat height: 47 cm, Seat depth: 45 cm.

MATERIAL:

Solid oak, seat in braided rattan. Down-filled leather cushion optional.

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Soap or smoked oak

PRODUCER:

Tre Sekel möbelsnickeri

Staken

The official birthday of Carl Malmsten‘s floor lamp is 1941. But it can be seen already in a blurred photograph from 1928, and together with the chair Lilla Åland it is the item by Malmsten that has been in continuous production for the longest time. A stylish standard lamp with an ingenious adjustable arm. What is it that makes a classic? Perhaps you can reply like the architect and proponent of functionalism Uno Åhrén when he reviewed Carl Malmsten’s slatted furniture in the 1940s: “There is nothing remarkable – and that is exactly what is so good.”

DESIGNED:

1941

SIZE:

Height: 132 cm

MATERIAL:

Oiled oak

PRODUCER:

Malmstenbutiken

STOR-SLINGAN

The pattern with softly winding plants was composed together with e.g. Tussilago and Fågel Blå (see here) by Carl Malmsten for the Home Exhibition 1917 at Liljevalchs art museum. The exhibition was organised by the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design and had a clearly stated social agenda. There was a campaign for simplicity in furnishings and a Swedish style – also when it came to wallpaper patterns. The wallpaper was originally made at Kåbergs wallpaper factory. Today, it is produced by Handtryckta tapeter Långholmen.

Designed:

1917

Size:

10 m x 47 cm

MATERIAL:

Paper

PRODUCER:

Handtryckta tapeter Långholmen

TRESTLE TABLE

Two trestles and some wide planks – or a board – on top is probably the prototype for the world’s first table. Carl Malmsten designed his version in 1945, and on the original drawing the board is in pine plywood and the trestles are made of acid-stained pine. “The edge possible lacquered in English Red”, according to the drawing. A decorative suggestion by a designer with a deep sense of the traditions of allmoge (folk art) furniture. Today, the table is made in birch, and one of humanity’s oldest furniture types is now elevated through Carl Malmsten’s meticulous design to a craft far beyond the simple trestles found in department stores. A classic piece of Swedish folk art furniture and a triumph of simplicity.

DESIGN:

1945

SIZE:

Height: 71 cm, height with board: 74 cm, Length and width of board: optional

MATERIAL:

Birch

PRODUCER:

Tre Sekel

Tussilago

The pattern Tussilago was first printed for the Home Exhibition at Liljevalchs art gallery in 1917. Carl Malmsten had been invited to design several rooms with furniture, lighting, wallpaper, etc. The aim of the exhibition was to create ”more beautiful things for everyday use”.  All of Malmsten’s wallpaper designs made for the exhibition (Tussilago, Fågel blå and Storslingan) are seemingly inspired by 18th century cotton print patterns and were printed in light pastel colours.  An amusing anecdote is that Carl Malmsten during an interview, revealed that his copy of Carl Larsson’s book ”Ett Hem” was completely worn out. In the book, Carl Larsson writes tenderly about dandelions, and what could be more suitable for an admirer like Malmsten to name one of his patterns after the slightly smaller and humbler Tussilago (Colt’s foot).

The patterns Tussilago, Fågel blå and Korsblomma are printed by Lim & Handtryck’s Färg & Tapetmakeri using the same handicraft skills and types of material as when they were first printed in 1917 and in the190s (roller printing on paper with distemper shaded with iron oxides and earth pigment). The wallpapers are wipeable.

Designed:

1917

MATERIAL:

Papper

PRODUCER:

Lim & Handtryck

Vardags armchair

To create a complete set for the dining room, the Vardags chair was supplemented with this neat armchair. And just like the other members of the Vardags family, this is a chair with many details which require craftsmanship and feeling in the manufacture. Each slat, for example, has its unique profile and form, and the back legs are angled in two places, which give the chair its light and well-worked character.

DESIGNED:

1943

Size:

Height: 86 cm, Width: 55 cm, Depth: 53 cm, Seat height 46 cm, Seat depth 41 cm.

MATERIAL:

Solid birch, upholstered seat with fixed or removable cover

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Clear varnish, light matt varnish, oil or paint

PRODUCER:

Stolab

Vardags chair

With its seven slats in the back, Vardags is a version of the classic rustic chair from Dalarna, the so called Leksand chair. Here, Malmsten combines allmoge (folk art) with Gustavian tradition. You can also see how Carl Malmsten carried on the Carl Larsson heritage in this simple every-day piece of furniture, which must withstand a family’s wear and tear.

Vardags was launched at the exhibition Kontakt med Nyttokonstnären (Contact with the utility artist) at Nationalmuseum in 1944. “…something of the soundest, healthiest and most beautiful that could be created within Swedish furniture and interior design”, according to the magazine Form. Two years later, it was put into production.

DESIGNED:

1943

SIZE:

Height: 86 cm, Width: 47 cm, Depth: 53 cm, Seat height 46 cm, Seat depth 41 cm.

MATERIAL:

Solid birch, upholstered seat with fixed or removable cover

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Clear varnish, light matt varnish, oil or paint

PRODUCER:

Stolab

Visingsö

Carl Malmsten’s harmonic stool with up-turned edges is based on his six-year-older predecessor, the stool Hadar. Visingsö demonstrates Malmsten’s fine sense of proportion, line tension and balance between the surfaces, and how skilfully he carries in the heritage from traditional allmoge (folk art) design. Available as stool or bench.

DESIGNED:

1953

SIZE:

Stool: Height 43 cm, Width: 45, Depth: 32 cm. 
Bench: Height: 45 cm Width: 90, Depth: 32 cm.

MATERIAL:

Solid pine

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Oiled

PRODUCER:

Malmstenbutiken

Visingsö table

Visingsö by Carl Malmsten has an eternal and contemporary tone with links to both Swedish allmoge and American Shaker. The table is one among Malmsten’s vast volume of funiture. His archive contains more than 20,000 furniture sketches, drawn in pencil to a scale of 1:10, and more than 12,000 meticulous full scale working drawings. No other Swedish furniture designer has left behind such an impressive diversity. The Visingsö family also included a sofa, armchair, bookshelf, and stools (see here).

DESIGNED

1953

SIZE

Height: 74 cm, Length: 200 cm, Width: 84 cm. 2 extension leaves 50 cm optional.

MATERIAL

Solid birch or oak

SURFACE TREATMENT

Hardwax oil, clear varnish, soap or egg oil tempera in choice of colours

PRODUCER

Tre Sekel möbelsnickeri

Wetter

The elegant coffee table with a patterned veneer top and finely formed shelf was designed by Carl Malmsten on behalf of the lawyer J. Gillis Wetter. Today, available in two sizes and also as a lamp table and sideboard, all in different types of wood.

DESIGNED:

1964

SIZE:

LAMP TABLE: Height: 48 cm, Length: 50 cm, Width: 35 cm. 
COFFEE TABLE: Height: 58 cm, Length: 120 cm, Width: 100 cm,. 
Alternatively: Height: 42 cm, 100 cm, Width:
100 cm. 
SIDEBOARD: Length: Height: 85 cm, 110 cm, Width: 35 cm.

MATERIAL:

Birch, oak, cherry, mahogany or walnut

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Clear matt varnish

PRODUCER:

Malmstenbutiken

Widemar

The elegant armchair with crossed back slats and the armrest in a long undulating line was designed by Carl Malmsten for the lawyer and politician Ingrid Gärde Widemar, who in 1968 became the first female to be appointed Justice of the Supreme Court of Sweden. The chair was never put in serial production, and has now been developed by analysing and weighing together the original drawing and the original chair to form a whole of the highest quality.. “On our work drawings we normally specify that all edges are thoroughly broken”, wrote Carl Malmsten. “Neither the light, the eye, nor the person likes to bump into sharp corners.” This care certainly applies to a chair such as Widemar. Read more about Widemar here!

DESIGNED:

1942

SIZE:

Height: 79 cm, Width: 59 cm, Depth 57 cm, Seat height: 45 cm, Seat depth 46 cm.

MATERIAL:

Birch. Seat in wool fabric or vegetable tanned leather from Tärnsjö.

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Hardwax oil

PRODUCER:

Stolab