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Sitt Skönt

The Swedish postal service, “PostNord Sverige”, launched their “Sitt Skönt” (Sit Comfortably) postal stamp collection in 2014. The stamps are a celebration of some of their favourite furniture pieces that have been produced from 1940 through to 2002. They had chosen 5 designers and each stamp represents the designer and one of their main feature pieces, embracing their national pride in furniture design in the same way that we embrace our pride for the monarchy. The featured designs were:

Gunilla Allard’s Cinema Chair - 1993

“Where form meets function”

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The Cinema Range was designed by Gunilla Allard and launched in 1993. The set includes a sofa, armchair and foot stool. Allard’s main inspiration for this fantastic seat was the “comfort and quality stitching often found in sports cars”. The simple design adds an element of “retro” style that creates the timeless finish that has been highly desired over the years. The comfortable lounge seat would be perfect to use in a home theatre due to the large seat and quality fabric offering plenty of comfort. What more would you want in your living space?

Yngve Ekström’s Lamino – 1956

”Best Swedish furniture of the 20th Century”

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Since it’s creation, the “Lamino” seating range has remained popular in Sweden with the production of the sets having been continuous since. The designer who created this masterpiece is Yngve Ekström, co-founder of “Swedese Möbler”. The furniture collection consists of a chair, a footrest and a side table. Different frame and upholstery finishes are available to complement any living space, offering remarkable comfort. Isn’t it amazing that something so simple in design can become such a great feature in any space? Truly, a work of art!

Carl Malmsten’s Lilla Ålland – 1940

“Representing excellent Swedish 20th Century design on many occasions”

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Designed by Carl Malmsten and manufactured by “Stolab”, the “Lilla Ålland” chair has been in popular demand since 1940. The design of the chair has made them compatible to any space on any occasion. Malmsten was inspired by a visit to Finström Church, in Ålland, where stick back chairs were lined up. Making his own adjustments and drawing out the design based on this, his own creation was born. The chair is an ideal piece of furniture for use in cafes, restaurants, dining rooms and well, anywhere!

Anna von Schewen’s Hug Chair – 2002

“A solid reputation as one of Sweden’s most progressive, experimental designs”

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“Hug” was designed by Anna von Schewen in 2002 in her Stockholm designs studio, which was founded in 1997. The armchair is manufactured in solid natural beech and can also be stained. The seat is then upholstered in fabric or leather and the frame is a chromed steel tubing. The chair is also designed to be stackable, which adds practicality to the lovely design. The name of the chair seems to represent the style of the chair, The arms “surround the user” creating the sense that you are being hugged. All in addition to the comfort offered by the padded seat, it is almost like a chair you could snuggle into! It has already become one of Sweden’s favourites and it is fast becoming one of mine!

Mats Theselius’s Aluminiumfåtöljen – 1990

“It belongs to the real Swedish classics”

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Mats Theselius designed the Aluminiumfåtöljen chair in 1990. Using a contrast of materials, that are fused together, the chair is produced by “Källemo”. The main wooden frame is covered with polished or matt brushed aluminium. The arms carry through onto the back of the chair and are manufactured from natural beech. The variation of materials create a striking effect and the chair is hugely popular in private as well as public spaces. 

Posted by: Michael Hurd

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