Not to be confused with metal guitar god Yngwie Malmsteen, Yngve Ekström (1913–1988) is the cofounder of Swedese, a furniture producer based in, of all places, Sweden. The company hit its stride with Ekström’s 1956 Lamino chair, which became an icon of Nordic design and provided the template for decades of Ikea knockoffs. Ekström served at Swedese for over 40 years until his death in 1988.

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