The Swedish designer Axel Einar Hjorth (1888-1959) played a significant role in placing Swedish design on the global map in the first part of the 20th Century through his participation at important international exhibitions in New York, Barcelona, Stockholm, London, Brussels, and Paris. He was appointed chief architect at Nordiska Kompaniet in Stockholm in 1927 and remained in this position for the following 11 years. It was a period of transition from neoclassicism to the new functionalist style and Hjorth’s work for NK reflects this development.

Axel Einar Hjorth

The Swedish designer Axel Einar Hjorth (1888-1959) played a significant role in placing Swedish design on the global map in the first part of the 20th Century through his participation at important international exhibitions in New York, Barcelona, Stockholm, London, Brussels, and Paris. He was appointed chief architect at Nordiska Kompaniet in Stockholm in 1927 and remained in this position for the following 11 years. It was a period of transition from neoclassicism to the new functionalist style and Hjorth’s work for NK reflects this development.

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