The Step stepladder has been designed by Karl Malmvall to look good enough to hang on the wall as a decorative work of art, rather than being tucked away in a dark cupboard. There's even a little hook for it, so it's always handy. There's even a little hook for it, so it's always close at hand (hook included).
Step was voted best furniture of the year in 2011 by design magazines Wallpaper and Swedish Elle Decoration.
Materials Lacquered solid beech or lacquered solid oak
Dimensions 45 x 77 x H125 cm
It is certainly no coincidence that Karl Malmvall became a furniture designer He grew up more or less in the Karl Andersson & Sons furniture factory in Huskvarna, a company set up by his grandfather and for which his own father designed furniture After studying at the Carl Malmsten School in Stockholm and the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, Karl was discovered by Gillis Lundgren, one of Ivar Kamprad's closest collaborators, Karl was discovered by Gillis Lundgren, one of Ivar Kamprad's closest collaborators. He worked for two decades at IKEA, first in the furniture giant's design office in Switzerland, then in Jakarta, Indonesia.
His years at IKEA stimulated his interest in the practical details of design, to which few designers devote much attention: creating a product that not only works well, but is also well suited to manufacture and distribution.
Over the years, Karl has acquired a remarkable collection of such objects, and it was the prototype of a folding chair that he presented at his first meeting with the founder and managing director of Design House Stockholm, Anders Färdig.