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(established 1968)

This Swedish design consultancy was established in Stockholm by Tom Ahlström and Hans Ehrich (1942– ), who had worked in Italy earlier in the 1960s. The company gained a reputation for functional, durable, and ergonomically sound everyday products and also developed a particular cachet for design for the disabled. The clean undecorated forms that characterized many of their design solutions are well suited to plastics, a medium with which they have been often associated. Amongst their well‐known products are the AB Turnomatic ticket machine for supermarket and other queuing systems (replacing the old model with 46 parts with six injection moulded components), the Jordan scouring brush (1975), and the Stockholm folding stool (1995) designed for weary museum visitors. They have won many government commissions and received many Swedish design awards.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

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