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Arne Norell

Furniture designer and manufacturer characterized by his versatility and use of mixed materials, Arne Norells’ designs were made to provide comfort while showcasing modern elegance.

Born in Åsele, Sweden, little more is known about the designers early background and formative years. He opened his studio circa 1954 in Stockholm and later moved to a farm in Småland, Sweden where he established Möbel AB Arne Norell in 1958. It was there where Norell designed and produced most of his creations until his death in 1971.

His most recognized design is the “Ari” chair (1966), for which he received the “Showpiece of the Year” award by The British Furniture Manufacturers Association in 1973, two years after his death. Throughout his career, Norell was influenced by various Danish designers to create his own unique aesthetic of design. An evident inspiration was Kaare Klint, specifically in Norells Sirocco Safari Chair (1964) which he modeled after Klints’ Safari Chair (1933). Norell successfully combined materials like turned wood, leather, metal, and bentwood in his designs. Some of his works omit the use of glue and screws and instead are held together by leather straps. He is often praised for pioneering “conceptual furniture”.

Norell’s vision and talent in working with different materials remain a part of the history of innovative Scandinavian furniture design. Norell’s daughter and son-in-law, Marie Norell-Möller and Thomas Möller, under the company name, Norell Möbel AB, continue to manufacture the entirety of Norell’s furniture catalog.

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