Sixten Sason


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A pioneer of Swedish product design in the 1940s, Sason originally trained as a fine artist, subsequently finding work as an illustrator. After working as a draughtsman in the engineering department of a motorcycle manufacturer, his career trajectory inclined in the direction of engineering and industrial design. In the post‐Second World War era he established his own design office, Sixten Sason AB, which was inspired by American models. As a result he began to attract industrial design commissions from companies such as Saab, for which his designs included the aerodynamic Saab 92 automobile, produced in collaboration with engineer Gunnar Ljungström, in production from the late 1940s. Other early commissions were earned from Electrolux (vacuum cleaners and other domestic appliances) and Hasselblad (the 1600F camera, 1948). For many years Sason was chief designer for Saab and did much to enhance the company's international reputation with the Saab 99 which was launched soon after his death.

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