Carl Malmsten, Swedish architect and designer, is a legend in the furniture and design world. More than a hundred years after the realization of his first works, his legacy still continues, through his schools and his shop. Drawing inspiration from the nature and ideals of his time, he created many furniture, now visible in museums or vintage furniture shops.
Life and history of a furniture designer
Born in 1888 in Sweden, Carl Malmsten was very interested in design and architecture. His career took off after he won a design competition for Stockholm City Hall in 1916. A year later, he exhibited his work alongside famous architects of his time, recognizing him as a talented designer. He founded his first design school in 1930, which will close a little later, for lack of funding. However, following the opening of his shop in 1940, he managed to win Prince Eugen Medal, a Swedish distinction for outstanding artistic work. This new reputation gained, his school was renamed after him in 1948, and still continues today to train young designers. It also has a second school, Capellagården, which offers courses in textiles, ceramics and furniture creations. Although he died in 1972, his memory continues in his creations and in the teachings given in his name.
Carl Malmsten: a classical and functionalist style
Like most of his contemporaries, Carl Malmsten advocates a design that is both classic and functional, adapted to everyday life. He draws his inspiration from nature and, as a result, works with noble materials. This birch buffet is a perfect example of his style: delicate, functional and perfectly realized. His creations are made to be durable, proof is today: his furniture is still robust, spoils their quality.
Even today, Carl Malmsten’s creations are sought after by design enthusiasts and museums. Some of his pieces are available for sale at The Vintage Furniture, your reference in vintage furniture in Paris.