Launched in May 2013, Tre Sekel (which translates to “Three Centuries” in Swedish) produces furniture from three eras: classic 18th-century Gustavian furniture, midcentury designs from the archives of Carl Malmsten, and new pieces by contemporary designers Emma Olbers and Thomas Sandell. “Great design and quality craftsmanship always fit into any kind of environment, regardless of the era from which the pieces originate,” the company’s founders say. “In the same way that art from different epochs always mixes brilliantly together, as long as the quality is high.” See the full line at Tre Sekel.
Above: A trio of Tre Sekel chairs produced in the historic City Möbler factory in Tibro in Västergötland, a center of the Swedish furniture industry.
Above: The furniture is made of birch or pine from local forests, sourced from a family-run local sawmill, and painted in all-natural egg tempera in nuanced pastel shades that have been in use since the 18th century.
Above: The flat-pack solid pine Landala Table, a 2016 design by Emma Olbers, can be assembled and disassembled without tools.
Above: The Landala Table is available in several different finishes, including soap, hardwax, and egg tempera.
Above: The solid birch Dagny Bench by Emma Olbers.
Above: Designed by Carl Malmsten, the solid birch Flink Chair is available in a range of pastel tempera finishes.