J.E. Ekornes AS
Ekornes is the largest furniture producer in Norway and owns the brand names Ekornes®, Stressless®, Svane® and IMG. Stressless® is one of the world’s most well-known furniture brands, while Ekornes®, Stressless® and Svane® are the best known in the Norwegian furniture sector. IMG is best known in Australia and the USA.
Production takes place at the Group’s ten factories, five of which are in Norway, one in the USA, one in Thailand, two in Vietnam and one in Lithuania. Ekornes sells its products over large parts of the world, either through its own sales companies or via importers.
Ekornes’ business idea is to develop and manufacture products which offer outstanding comfort and functionality, and whose design and price appeal to a wide audience. Ekornes is headquartered at the company’s factory at Ikornnes in Sykkylven, on the west coast of Norway.
Ekornes AS is the Group’s parent company. The Group’s factories are organised according to product segment: Stressless®, Svane® and IMG.
Vision: We improve everyday living
Values: Honest, authentic, enthusiastic, adaptable
Production at the J.E. Ekornes Fjærfabrikk starts in 1934, with three employees and machines made in Germany. Furniture manufacturing has just become established in Sunnmøre, and this provides the founder, Jens Ekornes, with his first customers. But it doesn’t take long before springs for furniture and mattresses are sold throughout Norway.
Greater challenges are to come. Once the production of springs is established, it is only natural that he should develop an interest in the mattresses themselves as well. And he wants them to be different from the heavy steel-spring mattresses fitted on to wooden frames by means of unsatisfactory lacing. At an exhibition Jens Ekornes sees a British mattress whose interior consisted of a large number of springs linked together on both sides by steel coils. He understands at once that this system could also be used inside ordinary mattresses. As soon as he gets home he starts to try this out together with factory foreman Nils Sjøholt, and before long they are able to present the first Svane mattress. This is followed quickly by new products, new factories and a steadily increasing workforce. You can read the full Ekornes history here!