Erik Gunnar Asplund
Born in Stockholm, Erik Gunnar Asplund is regarded as one of the most important Scandinavian architects of the 20th century. Although he studied painting, he pursued training in architecture and opened his own firm in Stockholm. First influenced by Neo-Classicism, he shifted his style toward Functionalism in 1930 and introduced the International Modern style to Sweden. This shift also affected his furniture designs, which moved from old cultural forms to steel tubular frames as demonstrated in the “Karmstol” chair (1931).