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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.
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
In 1971, Stressless® was launched. The revolutionary recliner became the first real TV chair for modern society. You could lean back and rest, watch TV in comfort or turn around to face the coffee table in one smooth movement. The patented Glide™-system attracted a great deal of attention and is still a unique feature.
The philosophy behind Stressless® quickly gained a foothold. Comfort was in high demand, and at the same time as Stressless® recliner no. 500,000 completed production, export sales pushed past NOK 100 million. The company’s success in the export market was recognised in 1983 when Ekornes was awarded the Norwegian Export Prize.
The Ekornes factory was extended by 30,000 sqm in order to meet increased demand. The factory became one of the most modern furniture factories in the world. 2004 saw the introduction of the redesigned Stressless® logo and throughout the decade, product lines and variants were continuously expanded and refined
Ekornes introduced several new concepts of motion furniture. Stressless® Dining, an innovative collection of tables and chairs, was launched and soon conquered dining in total in complete comfort. Another milestone, Stressless® achieved 10 million seats sold and opened its first brand store on Tottenham Court Road, London. At the end of the decade, the first Stressless® furniture with Power™ was launched.
The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) named Ekornes 'Exporter of the Year 2020'. In 2021, Stressless® marked 50 years of reducing stress all around the world. Ekornes celebrated with the global Stressless® community and continued preparing for a sustainable future with a production process based on natural materials and renewable energy
50 years of comfort
In 1971, TV played an increasingly important role in the home, providing entertainment and news. It was an ideal time to launch the first Stressless® recliner, which introduced features during a time where we were spending more and more time sat 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.Discover patented features