Innovating since 1934

In 1934, Jens Ellingsen Ekornes founded a furniture company. Soon thereafter, the J. E. Ekornes Fjærfabrikk (Spring Factory) – which had just three employees and used machines made in Germany – found its first customers and began successfully selling springs for furniture and mattresses throughout Norway.

50 years of forward thinking

In 1934, the company developed several types of springs for beds and furniture. Jens also drew inspiration from abroad and began increasing capacity by introducing more machines. After a trip to the US in 1946, he bought American machinery for the production of spring mattresses.

Stressless production from 1960

This kind of forward thinking paved the way for development of a new type of recliner. Stressless® was created on the principles of industrial production to ensure an unprecedented level of precision, supplemented by human experience, insight and craftsmanship.

A new way of living

The original TV chair

50 years of comfort

In 1971, TV played an increasingly important role in the home, providing entertainment and news. It was ideal timing to launch the first Stressless® recliner, which introduced features during a time when we were spending more and more time sitting down. The Stressless® recliner offered technologies like no other, and the continuous introduction of new features has helped to drive development and comfort ever since.

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