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Sven Markelius

Sven Markelius was one of Sweden’s most important architects and is recognised for endorsing modernism and the introduction of the functionalist architecture to the country.


Amongst his landmark civic buildings was the Helsingborg Concert Hall of 1932. He achieved international recognition when he designed the Swedish Pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair and the interior of the United Nations Secretariat Building in 1952. In 1962 he was awarded a Gold medal by Royal Institute of British Architects.


His designs for seating are well respected and his textile design, Pythagoras, is held in museum collections worldwide, including the V&A.