Axel Einar Hjorth

Swedish architect and furniture designer Axel Einar Hjorth was greatly inspired by the French Art Deco movement. He often used fine and expensive materials to craft sleek furnishings, such as tables, cabinets, chairs, and sofas in woods such as oak, birch, and rosewood. Creating designs for a variety of Swedish furniture manufacturers, including the Stockholm department store Nordiska Kompanient, Hjorth contributed to the burgeoning Swedish design culture and the international recognition it began to receive in the 1920s. His first major project was Nordiska Kompanient’s exclusive stand at the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, where he presented the Swedish Grace style ‘Louis’ center table and ‘Caesar’ console. In the 1930s he designed more basic models for serial production as well as rustic "cabin" furniture in pine, sometimes with hand-forged wrought iron details, featuring a merging of peasant handicraft with international modernism that is much appreciated today.
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