50s Uno & Östen Kristiansson Hunting Chair by for Luxus
Rare hunting easy chair designed by Uno & Östen Kristiansson. Produced by Luxus in Vittsjö, Sweden.
Swedish brothers and designer Uno & Östen Kristiansson are known for their lighting and mirror designs, were particularly active from the 1950s to the 1970s in Sweden. They were prolific designers with a clear design aesthetic that is easily recognizable as Scandinavian modern.
Uno was born in 1925, and Östen two years later in 1927. Little is known about their formative years, but it can be surmised that they spent their early years in southern Sweden, learning the furniture trade from their father who ran his own furniture business, Vittsjö Furniture (established in 1919), named after the Swedish village in which it was located.
In 1950, Uno Kristiansson founded his own manufacturing company, Luxus, which was also situated in Vittsjö. He produced a range of products, including home and interior lamps, furniture and mirrors, that were designed by the two brothers. In the 1950s, the collections were launched nationally in Sweden, and internationally across Europe. In 1968, Luxus presented a collection of lamps with brightly colored textile shades that perfectly encapsulated the mood of the 1960s. They are said to have been designed by renowned Finnish textile artist Marjatta Metsovaara (1927-2014).
It is speculated that in 1966, Östen took over his father’s business and renamed it Östen Kristiansson AB, which now operates under its original name, Vittsjö Möbelfabrik AB. It is unclear what was produced during this time, or if the company was separate from Luxus.
Like many of their Scandinavian contemporaries, the Kristianssons favored teak in many of their designs, but did not shy from using glass, leather, plastic and acrylic. Standouts designs from the brothers include, the acrylic Plafo Ceiling Lamp (1950s), the opaline glass UFO Lamp (1950s)—which was made from acrylic in the 1960s, the Model 204 Hunting Chair (1954).
From the 1970s, Luxus focused on the creation of lighting for public spaces. Östen died in 2003, and is survived by his older brother.
This original model 204 hunting chair is in good and fully original condition. The leather shows in original form and has some beautiful aging spurs, still very comfortable to sit in.