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Ekelund WeaversEkelund Weavers

THE WORLD'S OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY OPERATIONAL TEXTILE MILL

For 16 generations, and over 450 years, the family has worked using textiles. According to well documented research, we are probably the world's oldest family textile company. Börje, Larsson, the family's eldest known member, was born in 1540. The time was characterised by self-subsistence, and on the farms people wove the textiles they needed. The family's livelihood then developed from these skills. But it was not until some time into the next century, that one could discern the contours of what is now Linneväveriet in Horred and the Ekelund brand.

ALL STARTED WITH A LAWSUIT

The family ancestor Ingemar Larsson, 1660-1740. The first information that we have about him is to be found in a court report where he is called a "capitalist" (private Banker) and is accused of illegal textile trading. He lent money to his neighbour and when the neighbour was not albe to repay the loan Ingemar was given textiles in lieu of payment. When he later sold these textiles he in fact committed the crime. He violated the ban on "landsköp" (countryside trading) according to SVEA RIKES LAG (the Law of the Swedish Realm) of 1416, 1546 and 1617. The ban on countryside trading meant that rights of tradign, apart from one's own farm produce, was reserved for the trades in the town of Borås. The court report shows that Ingemar was found guilty and had to pay a fine.

THE FAMILY'S FIRST TEXTILE MEMBER

We do not know who or when. We know the names of another four generations before Ingemar. The first one was born in 1540, but we have been unable to document any activity in the textile sphere.Ingemar's daughter Marta was born in 1692 and we know that Ingemar ran a considerable textile business at that time. Textile activity has since been recorded in each subsequent generation, using sources such as estate inventories, court reports and parish registers. From the 1860's onwards we have been able to document the greater part of the company's activities in the form of copies of letters, cashbooks, pattern books and descriptions of work methods and tools.

THE MOTHER OF INVENTION

Ingemar had problems running his business. The burghers in the recently built town of Borås, founded in 1622, accused him of countryside trading. It was then that Ingemar had his flash of genius. Instead of buying products from the local population in order to sell them to others after paying duty in Borås, Ingemar provided them with raw material which they then spun into yarn and wove into finished products according to instructions. the locals were paid for their work in coin of the realm and the goods could then be classified as if they had been made by Ingemar himself. This meant that he was free to sell the goods to other people. Ingemar's activity was later to be known as Factor system.

Ferm LivingFerm Living

ferm LIVING is a Danish company that aims at designing and manufacturing interior products with a graphic touch. The product range consists of wallpaper, WallStickers, textiles, kitchen items, a large KIDS collection and much more great stuff to come… ferm LIVING originates from a graphic design agency in Aarhus, Denmark, founded by Trine Andersen in 2005. The company came to life after Trine, mostly for fun, decided to visit a clairvoyant. Trine was quite astonished when the clairvoyand saw a little bird sitting confused on a branch, not knowing which way to fly. This sight was essential for Trine’s decision to follow her dream of starting her own business. When she then founded ferm, the little bird found knew exactly where to go and now sits on top of the company logo.
Flensted MobilesFlensted Mobiles

Mobiles are a traditional craft in Denmark, but the modern mobile - as a decoration for the home - was created in 1954 by Christian Flensted and his wife Grethe to celebrate the birth of their first daughter. Their first design, the Stork mobile, was a great success, and now flies all over the world. In 1956 Christian Flensted gave up his job to devote his entire effort to the fledgling mobiles business. By 1971, production had grown so much that new premises were needed, and they moved to the old school “Frederiksminde” near Brenderup, Funen, which is still the FLENSTED MOBILE CENTRE. Today, Christian and Grethe´s son, Ole and his wife Aase continue the family tradition, with ideas for new and original mobiles issuing regularly from their "Department of Space Research". Flensted Mobiles are so designed that the elements are in constant motion while the entire mobile maintains a harmonic balance.
GenseGense

Gense is shortened from Gustav Eriksson Nickel Silver made in Eskilstuna. Gense, headquartered in Eskilstuna Sweden, is one of the oldest registered businesses still in existence in Sweden today. In 1856 the company started production using Gustav Eriksson’s stone ovens. For the next 30 years production increased each year, due to Erikssons high level quality and fine craftsmanship.

Gustav’s son, Axel, took over in 1885. Axel moved the company into a larger factory, equipped with his day’s modern production equipment. The stone ovens were gone, and the time’s latest techniques for producing silver plating, using the "galvanic method" were pursued. Gense began producing silver for the coffee table.

When Axel died the company became known as AB Gustav Erikssons Metalfabrik. The new Managing Director became Lars Hedlund. Mr. Hedlund again modernized production, keeping ahead his era’s competition by utilizing the time’s newest discoveries, techniques, and technologies. Gense was one of Europe’s 1st flatware producers to begin manufacturing in Nickel Silver.

In early 1930 Gense again moved quickly and became one of the 1st flatware manufacturers to begin producing products made of stainless steel. Mr. Helund is seen as the man who laid the foundation that built Gense into the company it is today.

In 1984 the company was introduced on the Swedish stock exchange and two of its largest owners became IKEA and Upsala Ekby AB. The company continued to grow rapidly from 1989 to 1992, acquiring Eternum of Belgium, Saint Medard from Paris, GEWE Guld & Silver, Ronab, Scandia Present and Glabo, all from Sweden. In 1992 the Gense Group became part of K A Rasmussen. K A Rasmussen, a Norwegian company, is the largest supplier of silver, and other precious metals in the Nordic countries.

Today Gense continues to be world renowned for their stunning designs, ranging from Old World formal, to daring sleek Scandinavian. Our patterns are found on the tables of the royal Swedish & Danish courts, the Nobel awards ceremony dinner in Stockholm & Oslo and all Russian State Dinners.

Numerous accolades have been bestowed on our patterns through out the years. In 1955 Gense won the 1st prize in design at the California State fair for the Focus De Luxe pattern. In 2006 the popular Appetize cutlery carries on that tradition, having won the prestigious Stockholm Formidable award for best design. Gense, timeless Swedish design since 1856, and well into the future.
Georg JensenGeorg Jensen

With a history that spans more than 100 years, the Georg Jensen brand represents quality craftsmanship and timeless aesthetic design, producing lifestyle products ranging from hollowware to watches, jewellery and home products.

The philosophy of Georg Jensen himself was to create democratic designs possessing both functionality and beauty. His artisanal skill and artistic talent combined with his continuous ability to identify and support design talent was the foundation on which he built Georg Jensen in Copenhagen in 1904.

Georg Jensen’s style embraced the Art Nouveau lines of the day but injected them with a distinctive vigour that continues to resonate today. Serene flowing forms are enriched by exquisitely sculpted ornamentation and his stylised bouquets of flowers and lush bunches of grapes reflect his sensual delight in nature. Our most important task is to leverage the ideas and principles of the master himself and translate these into the design of the present day.

The Georg Jensen brand is based on a number of shared values such as integrity, authenticity and Danish design. All resonating the Scandinavian values - the simplicity of life, the Nordic light, clean water and fresh air – and all capsulised in the Georg Jensen Vision, Mission and Values. Respecting our DNA and our values it is both our obligation and our opportunity to run a profitable business providing products relevant to the consumer of today.
Georg Jensen DamaskGeorg Jensen Damask

For generations, Georg Jensen Damask has designed and manufactured Damask woven quality textiles for the home. From humble beginnings in the 15th century to the Georg Jensen Damask of today, craftsmanship, tradition and design have underpinned the vision to create innovative products with a respect for history.

Our long-standing tradition of working with Denmark’s finest architects, designers and artists ensures a wide collection of Damask tablecloths, runners, table mats, bed linen, terry cloth, dish towels and home accessories – naturally rooted in the different designers’ individual inspiration and style.

In 2000 we were designated Purveyor to Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark. The appointment followed many years’ collaboration with the Danish royal family, in particular on the specially designed Damask tablecloth for Queen Margrethe II & Prince Henrik of Denmark’s silver wedding in 1992. Georg Jensen Damask is headquartered in Kolding Denmark.
HolmegaardHolmegaard

Initial production at Holmegaard glassworks began in 1825. Early on, the factory produced only green bottles, but its founder Countess Henriette Danneskiold-Samsøe also wanted to produce clear glass tumblers, and the Bohemian glassblowers were able to manufacture these. A lot has happened since production at Holmegaard glassworks first began. Holmegaard has always managed to stay at the cutting edge, while also appealing to contemporary trends – down through the generations. Today, Holmegaard is both classic and modern – and most recently, we have become the recipients of the coveted Re-brand prize, for revitalising Holmegaard’s graphic identity. A lot has happened over the years, but we still share Henriette’s focus: to create glass with heart and soul, and integrity.
Iittala FinlandIittala Finland

Iittala is a major driving force of Scandinavian art and design with legendary designers Kaj Franck (1911-1989) and Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) as the cornerstones for the brand. Iittala objects are design essentials stripped to their core; the pure union of function, form and quality that demonstrates our core philosophy of lasting everyday design against throwawayism.
Iris HantverkIris Hantverk

Iris Hantverk, of Sweden, is a part of the Iris Group owned by Synskadades Stiftelse and has close ties with the the visually impaired. Within the group, business benefits are combined with benefits to society. The production facility employs visually impaired craftsmen from a range of cultures. All work is carried out manually with stringent quality requirements. Today, visually impaired craftsmen attach each individual bundle of bristles to the base of the brush with their steady hands, just like they used to in the 19th century. The result? Beautiful, functional and much coveted brushes which make everyday life a little brighter.
Kay Bojesen Grand PrixKay Bojesen Grand Prix

World-renowned Danish craftsman Kay Bojesen was taught by Georg Jensen in the art of silversmithing, and managed to combine beauty and usability, functionality and fun in all his products. One of the many highlights of his career happened in 1938, when he finished a "perfect" line of silver flatware, which in 1951 won the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale. Today, the Grand Prix line remains one of the most popular cutleries in Denmark and is known as the national flatware of Denmark.

Today, design being a well established and defined parameter, you may safely claim that Kay Bojesen, through his many groundbreaking projects and ideas within the world of applied arts, was the first industrial designer in Denmark. Since the relaunch of Grand Prix, now artfully manufactured in Japan and crafted in 18/8 stainless steel, former Head Chef of the world0famous Danish restaurant Noma, Matt Orlando, has chosen the flatware for his newly opened restaurant Amass in Copenhagen. The reason why: It symbolizes not only the essence of Danish craftsmanship, but also quality and functionality. The company is today purveyor to Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark.

However, the flatware has not only gained resonance in Europe but also in the US. Several design experts have emphasized the flatware as the most iconic Danish design from the twentieth century. The world famous American architect Michael Sheridan highlights Kay BojesenÕs Grand Prix flatware as one of his favourite Danish designs. Sheridan explains, "The Grand Prix flatware is an industrial product but the curves have their roots in handcraft and a genuine joy of aesthetics. I have used it at home since 2002 and I would argue that it is the best all-around flatware of modern times."
KlippanKlippan

Since 1879

More than 130 years ago, Jons Petter Magnusson bought the small wool spinning mill in Klippan. It was the start of a long journey which has lasted five generations.


With his background working as a spin master in Landskrona, Jons Petter saw an opportunity to build on his experience and start his own business. When he found the spinning mill in Klippan, he took the opportunity and bought it.


After a modest start, the company finally took-off and grew considerably for many years. In the 1980's, the business flourished and the factory became one of the largest and most modern spinning mills in Europe. When demand for wool yarn then decreased the idea to start producing blankets and throws was born. This turned out to be a very successful plan that lasts to this day.


The art of weaving blankets and throws is not new, but it is a production process that involves many steps and high precision. Klippan Mill has had the luxury of refining processes and quality over a long history. FJØRN Scandinavian is proud to offer the full range of home textiles from Klippan made in their own ISO certified European factory from start to finnish. The careful production and control of each article from start to finish assures that these luxurious blankets and throws are some of the best in the world.

Kosta BodaKosta Boda

The glassworks in Kosta was founded in 1742. The name was created from the surnames of the founders, Generals Koskull and Staël von Holstein. Kosta’s location, in the heart of the dense forests in the Swedish province of Småland, was chosen so that the glassworks could provide both Stockholm and Karlskrona with glass. Important roads crossed here, and there was also an unlimited supply of wood to heat the furnaces. Fine utility glassware was made here during the first 150 years of the company’s existence and comprised products such as window panes, bottles and drinkware, but also glass chandeliers and similar items. The customers included royalty, nobility and wealthy merchants who could afford the costly glassware. The first designer at the glassworks was Gunnar Wennerberg, who joined the company in 1898. Many well-known artists have worked here since then, such as Sven X-et Ericsson and Ewald Dahlskog. The first female artist was Tyra Lundgren who was recruited in 1935. Today’s Kosta Boda was formed through a merger of the glassworks in the communities of Kosta, Boda and Åfors. The group was initially called AB Åforsgruppen and included Johansfors Glassworks at that time. The company name was changed to Kosta Boda AB in 1976, and the company has been part of Orrefors Kosta Boda AB since 1989. Manufacturing now takes place at the principal glassworks in Kosta and at Åfors Glassworks.
Mats Jonasson MåleråsMats Jonasson Målerås

Målerås old glassworks was founded in 1890. This was the time when industrialism had seriously established itself in Sweden. In the village Målerås solidarity and the spirit of new enterprise had an ordeal during the 1980s, when the glassworks was threatened by Óoutside capitalÓ take-over as well as by closing-down. Therefore some sensible people gathered around the fatal question concerning the continuous destiny of Målerås and decided to concentrate united efforts to reassure the future of the village. The engraving artist Mats Jonasson became one of the leading people within this process.

Since 1981 he has been gathering capable people around him. This concentration has yielded results beyond expectation and inscribed the works in the Swedish glass history as one of the most successful. The production of glass reliefs that has become the characteristic of the works has turned out into a profitable business. Since 1981 the number of employees has increased from 15 to 50.
MenuMenu

Menu: Scandinavian Design Originals. 4 little words, but they express everything for which we strive, a never-ending search for beautiful Scandinavian design with true originality. Design creativity is when our brain plays and we allow our imagination to fly and explore the art of what is possible yet practical. Our design team aims to think freshly and our collection of aesthetic and practical daily surprises make us happier and happier to look at, touch and use.
OrreforsOrrefors

Orrefors has produced utility glass and art glass made of crystal since 1898. At the glassworks in Småland, Sweden, skilled Orrefors glassmakers work with some of Sweden’s top designers to develop craftsmanship, design and new techniques. Timeless Scandinavian elegance, innovative design and genuine craftsmanship are the defining characteristics of Orrefors products. Orrefors regularly presents new collections of utility glassware produced in large-volume series and limited-edition art glass.
Røros TweedRøros Tweed

Røros Tweed has been weaving high quality lambswool products since 1940 building on a local tradition that goes back centuries. Røros Tweed Norwegian Wool Blankets & Throws are renowned for their innovative designs and add warmth and harmony to any setting. Røros designers gather inspiration from the Norwegian landscape, as well as from urban trends and classical forms. Røros Tweed produces two types of of wool blankets: beautiful, traditionally woven throws with fringe and Jacquard woven blankets edged in yarn. With Jacquard technique weaving, each thread in the warp may be lifted resulting in Jacquard blankets having reverse patterns and colors on the opposite side. All Røros wool products are carefully made from start to finish in Røros, Norway. Takk!
Rosendahl DenmarkRosendahl Denmark

Ever since 1984, the Rosendahl Copenhagen brand has been associated with practical, clean-cut design at a reasonable price. Our design philosophy is to create design products that become accessible utility items not reserved for special occasions only. On the contrary, we want them to become an integral part of a more beautiful everyday life. This demands high quality at a sensible price.
Royal CopenhagenRoyal Copenhagen

Founded in 1775, Royal Copenhagen is one of the world’s oldest companies, and for more than 235 years their products have been made with not only the deepest respect for tradition, but also the highest standards of craftsmanship. Today, Royal Copenhagen is a highly distinguished brand, renowned for its exclusive quality porcelain products and its immaculate design.
SagaformSagaform

Sagaform stands for joyful, innovative gifts for the kitchen and the set table. Indoors and outdoors. Joyful gifts for friends or family, or to spoil yourself with.

Sagaform wants its brand and product range to be the obvious gift choice for Saturday nights’ dinner hosts, or the new neighbour you want to welcome to the neighbourhood, or yourself when you want to brighten up your own day.

The gift market is never ending and it is Sagaform’s ambition to always be there as a natural option. We want to be the solution to your gift problem and something that spreads joy and appreciation and puts a smile on the receiver’s lips. To make this possible we cooperate with Sweden’s best designers. Gifted designers who are well aware of the brand’s core values and always stay up to date with prevailing home furnishings trends and lifestyles. A must if we are to accommodate our customers with top of the line Scandinavian design. A warm welcome to Sagaform’s joyful and innovative world!
Skagerak DenmarkSkagerak Denmark

Skagerak Denmark pays tribute to the proud Danish design traditions by continuing to manufacture and market the well-known wooden garden and patio furniture in classic designs. More recently Skagerak Denmark has introduced a quality range of sleek, modern furniture and a selection of beautifully designed gift and home wares.
Stelton DenmarkStelton Denmark

Stellan and Carton were two friends who merged their first names in forming one of Denmark’s best-know design brands, Stelton. Niels Stellan Høm and Carton Madelaire were army pals who joined forces 50 years ago to start a trading company. They tried their hand at sports shoes and furniture, but their business did not really take off until they heard about a small factory in Fårevejle, Denmark, called Danish Stainless.

Danish Stainless produced stainless steel tableware, which was very much in vogue in Denmark’s 1960s. Upon entering into an agreement with Danish Stainless, Stelton began marketing a stainless gravy boat that sold like hotcakes in Danish hardware stores and was also a hit outside Denmark. In the United States, Stelton products were the epitome of Danish Design and sold at ten times their Danish prices in high-end department stores and design boutiques.

A new managing director, Peter Holmblad, brought his far-reaching vision with him when he joined the company. New catalogues, packaging and graphic design all helped create a new design brand. However, Peter Holmblad was convinced that Stelton could survive only through new product design. Far too many companies produced the same kinds of products.

As the stepson of Arne Jacobsen, who was perhaps Denmark’s greatest architect and designer ever, it was natural for Peter Holmblad to approach his stepfather with a proposal.
ViskaformViskaform

In 2013, Swedish family company Ekelund Linneväveriet i Horred AB launched the Viskaform brand. Viskaform is a design company with the ambition to create designs which touch and inspire, drawing from the rich tradition created from the secrets of the Kingdom of Textiles. Viskaform is textile art, with a passionate belief in the strength of the image. This collection has been designed by Lasse Skarbøvik.



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