Offered by: H. Gallery
Concordiastraat 68 - 127 Utrecht 3551EM , Netherlands Call Seller 0031302270051


Carl Malmsten "Stugan" Armchair for O.H. Sjögren, Sweden 1950s

$ 3,705
  • Description
    Carl Malmsten is one of Sweden's most famous furniture designers. Many of his furniture are considered modern design classics. His present 'Stugan' (Cottage or Cabin in Swedish) armchair was designed by Malmsten for OH Sjögrens Stoppmöbler in Tranås, Sweden. This cosy model demonstrates Carl Malmsten’s fine sense of proportion, line tension and balance between the surfaces, and how skilfully he carried in the heritage of traditional allmoge (folk art) design.

    This Stugan chair is – design-wise- in the vein of Swedish modernism, with simplicity and functionality, while also showcasing the subtle details and quality Malmsten is known and appreciated for. Even though Swedish design is generally democratic and meant for the masses, pieces were not stripped of all beauty in order to make them as easy to use as possible. The importance of this balance can be identified in the design and execution of this armchair as well: The wooden spindles comprising the back are the most apparent visual feature of the chairs, while the more subtle details, such as the upholstered seat and back cushions, make this model interesting. The design of this chair shows great balance of lines and utilization of the natural beauty of the pinewood. The solid pine structure is a frame for the cushions, both in a literal and figurative way. The light patterned bouclé fabric is beautifully framed by the chair’s frame, highlighting the captivating texture of both materials. The back and removable seat cushion are quite rotund; therefore, the sitting comfort is great. During his career, Malmsten collaborated with several architects, such as Ragnar Östberg, Ivar Tengbom, and Ferdinand Boberg. He designed furniture for Stockholm's concert hall and Ulriksdal castle. He participated in the now iconic hosing exhibition at Liljevalchs gallery in 1917, where the term "Beautiful everyday goods" was coined. Still, the producer of most of his upholstered pieces was O.H. Sjögren in Tranås, Sweden.

    This “Cottage” armchair is an elegant and comfortable evidence of the mastery and artistry of the Swedish cabinetmakers who defined mid-20th century modern seating. O. H. Sjögren was one of these renowned workshops, materializing a great deal of Carl Malmsten’s most brilliant upholstered designs. This chair is of the highest quality, both in terms of materials and craftsmanship. Its name is mirrored in its construction and cosy aesthetic quality, offering the same level of comfort and sense of wellbeing and comfort as the Swedish cottages that also inspired Axel Einar Hjorth’s collectible pinewood pieces.

    In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The chair has been reupholstered recently in premium patterned bouclé fabric.

    6.18 in W x 32.28 in D x 31.49 in H; Seat height 15.74 in; Arm height 23.22 in
    66.5 cm W x 82 cm D x 80 cm H; Seat height 40 cm; Arm height 59 cm

    This armchair will be packaged and shipped with the greatest care and attention to make sure you will receive the item in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.

    VAT normally applies and will be added to items when purchased by a European buyer or transported to a location within the EU.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: Sweden
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Bouclé Fabric, Wood
    Condition: Good. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The chair has been reupholstered recently in premium patterned bouclé fabric.
    Creation Date: 1950s
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century
    Dealer Reference #: 20221283
    Incollect Reference #: 697831
  • Dimensions
    W. 26.18 in; H. 31.5 in; D. 32.28 in;
    W. 66.5 cm; H. 80 cm; D. 82 cm;
    Seat H. 15.75 in; Arm H. 23.23 in;
    Seat H. 40 cm; Arm H. 59 cm;
Message from Seller:

Located in Utrecht, The Netherlands, H. Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary design with a strong focus on Brazil and Scandinavia. The gallery strives to preserve and promote especially Brazil's rich design heritage and curates a select group of contemporary artists. Meticulous research, ie getting in contact with the original designers, producers, their heirs, and retrieving and indexing old catalogues and magazines is at the heart of its activities. All works presented excel in great

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