Carl Malmsten (1888–1972) was a Swedish educator, architect and furniture designer. Malmsten was also one of the leading interior and textile designers of his time, and he was known as an advocate of Swedish handicrafts who opposed functionalism. Typical features of his design included plush and rustic shapes as well as perfectly executed wooden details.
Malmsten’s breakthrough came in 1916 when a chair he designed won both first and second prizes in a design competition organized by Stockholm City Hall. This opened up many possibilities for the designer; during his career, Malmsten was able to design furniture for the Swedish royal family, among others. Malmsten also had a significant influence on Swedish furniture design in the field of education, as in addition to his actual design work, he founded several schools in the field. The Carl Malmstensskolan carpentry school in Stockholm is one of the most prestigious fine carpentry schools in the Nordic countries.
Carl Malmsten has designed pieces for the following brands: Stolab