"Sibbo" 'Loungette' Chairs
by Yngve Ekström
A pair of “Sibbo” chairs designed by Yngve Ekström for Stolab, Sweden, circa 1950. The Sibbo chairs are referred to as ‘loungettes’ on the basis of their petite size. The design has a wide seat -characteristic of Ekström- but the chairs are squat in every other respect. Aesthetically, each part of the chair is distinct; the top rail, seat, arms, spindles, and legs are all unique in shape, but the individual forms are equally strong. Although small and created entirely from wood, the loungettes are perfectly formed and provide a surprising amount of comfort to the sitter. The slender and sculptural form also creates a brilliant visual lightness that means the chairs would fit into even the most challenging of spaces. Both chairs are structurally perfect and the oak used throughout boasts a rich and even patina.