Swedish leading industrial design firm A&E DESIGN turns 50 this year. Their global success story is explored by Kerstin Wickman in a new book from Business History Publishing. A&E DESIGN is also lauded with an exhibition at the National Museum in Stockholm at its reopening this fall.
In the new book A&E DESIGN – THE BOOK (Business History Publishing, 2018), Kerstin Wickman, writer and professor of Design & Crafts History, tells the story of the design studio that Tom Ahlström and Hans Ehrich founded in 1968 and its global success.
On over 300 richly illustrated pages, she tells the stories behind many globally well-known products. The brushes from Anza, the dish brush from Jordan, the tooth brush from Colgate and the Turn-O-Matic queue system are just some of the A&E products that most of us recognize from our daily lives. Including the folding stool Stockholm which is in use in over 2,000 museums globally. (The Museum of Modern Art even ordered their own version of the stool, naturally named “New York”.)