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When buying furniture from Svenskt Tenn, you can receive a certificate of authenticity with the title, designer, date and receipt.
Josef Frank designed this stool in the early 1940s. It was called the “milk stool” because it resembled the stools that were used to milk cows.
Josef Frank grew up in Vienna and studied architecture at Konstgewerbeschule. In the 1920s he designed housing estates and large residential blocks built around common courtyards in a Vienna with severe housing shortages. In 1925 he started the Haus & Garten interior firm together with architect colleagues Oskar Wlach and Walther Sobotka. Svenskt Tenn hired Josef Frank in 1934 and just a few years later he and Estrid Ericson made their international breakthrough. Although he was already 50 when he left the burgeoning Nazism in Vienna for Sweden, Frank is considered one of Sweden’s most important designers. Read more
Svenskt Tenn’s furniture is made from wood that is varnished or coated. Clean with a soft cloth dampened with mild dish detergent or soapy water. Dry with a soft cloth. Do not expose the furniture to prolonged humidity or direct heat or use polish, oil or abrasive cleaners on the furniture. Also avoid exposing the furniture to large changes in temperature and humidity.
Contact a furniture restorer if the coating or wood gets damaged, as it can get worse if not tended to.
Sustainability and manufacturing
Wood is renewable, reusable and bio- degradable. Svenskt Tenn has worked with wood since the 1930s and the material is also one of the most dominant in the company’s production today. But for wood to be a really good material from an environmental point of view, it should come from responsibly managed forests. All of Svenskt Tenn’s furniture suppliers and their wood suppliers are subject to the EU’s Timber Regulation, which has strict rules for the wood trade. This is to deal with the global problem of illegal logging and to counter trafficking in illegal timber and wooden goods within the EU.
Alongside the EU Timber Regulation, there are a large number of voluntary certification schemes for forest management and forest products. One of the most well known is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification. FSC is an international organisation that promotes environmentally responsible forest management, but unlike other certifications, it also takes social and economic aspects into consideration. Svenskt Tenn wants to support FSC, and in the company’s purchasing rules for wood, we urge our furniture makers and their wood suppliers to manufacture our products in FSC- certified wood if possible. We also make sure to keep up the dialogue with our suppliers on this issue.
Gemla furniture factory has chosen to be at the forefront in terms of natural and environmentally friendly materials, and the energy used in the factory derives exclusively from green, renewable sources.
This is how furniture is made at Gemla
Gemla is Sweden’s oldest furniture factory and a number of Josef Frank’s chairs are produced here, stool 1034 in mahogany as well as the mirror with mirror frame. A number of people are involved in the process whereby the furniture undergoes everything from planing, sawing and milling to polishing and trimming.
The manufacturing process begins with the carpenter carefully choosing timber of the correct dimension and quality. The rough, unplaned plank is subsequently dealt with by hand, with each detail being carefully formed before everything is brought together into a finished piece of furniture. In recent years, Gemla has also begun introducing modern CNC milling machine in some of the components, allowing a large number of processing elements to be carried out after each other.
After being put together, the furniture is polished. If it is to be dyed, it is then sprayed with several layers of lacquer, with an element of polishing in between. Any upholstering constitutes the final part of the manufacturing process, before the furniture is packaged and delivered to Svenskt Tenn.
Sustainability in focus
Read more about Svenskt Tenn's Sustainability Philosophy below.
Collect in storeFree
Delivery within 1-2 working days. You will receive a text-message when you can pick up your goods at Strandvägen 5, Stockholm.
Home delivery2,500 SEK
Delivery within 1-3 working days.
Delivery times and shipping costs are estimated. Actual times and prices are shown at checkout.
You can also pay with Svenskt Tenn’s gift cards.
Return & Exchange
30 day right to return
You are always entitled to return your item(s) within 30 days from the time of receiving your order. To exercise the right of return within the timeframe, you can contact Svenskt Tenn’s Customer Service and notify them. If the payment has been made via Klarna invoice, you can log in directly to Klarna, report your return and the payment will be paused.
30 day right to exchange
You have the right to exchange the item(s) for something else in the range within 30 days of placing your order. Send it back and place a new order on svenskttenn.se. Please pack the item in its original packaging along with the receipt.
You are responsible for shipping costs when you use the right of exchange and return. Right of exchange and return do not apply to textiles purchased by the meter or made to ordered items. If you want to exchange or return in-stock furniture, please contact Svenskt Tenn’s Customer Service.