Chairs for Almgren & Staaf, Sweden, ca. 1940
Mahogany, new upholstery
30" W x 21.25" D x 30" H (at back), 17" H (seat)
Sven Staaf was a Swedish architect and designer active in the mid-twentieth century, renown for his innovative, dynamic and high-end furniture. Staaf began his career as an architect in Stockholm, later relocating to Helsingborg to establish his own firm, Almgren & Staaf. Between 1940 and 1960, Almgren & Staaf produced sophisticated, innovative designs distinctive for their exuberant, curvilinear forms and unique geometries. In 1955, Staaf's works were featured in the International Exhibition for Architecture and Design, H55, in Helsingborg, to great critical acclaim. With Staaf's increasing popularity, he was able to open a chain of stores throughout Sweden and eventually, Almgren & Staaf was acquired by the high end Swedish department store, Nordiska Kompaniet. The avant-garde nature of Staaf's work appealed to the progressive elite in Skåne, and his designs remain sophisticated and relevant today.
Helsingborg Museum, Sweden