Hjorth, Axel Einar
(1888 - 1959)
Axel Einar Hjorth was a Swedish furniture designer. After attending the Högre Konstindustriella Skolan, the renowned Stockholm arts institution, Hjorth began designing for a number of furniture manufacturers, including the Stockholm department store Nordiska Kompaniet, where he led the design office and furniture department from 1926 to 1938. After this, he went into business for himself, including a showroom for his designs and an architectural office, which he would maintain through the 1940s.
Together with Carl Malmsten, Carl Hörvic, and others of his generation, Hjorth contributed to the flowering of Swedish design and its international recognition in the 1920s. While Hjorth's earlier designs were neoclassical and made with extravagant materials, his designs in the late 1920's combined a Swedish vernacular aesthetic with modernism.