Step stepladder & step stool
Designed by Karl Malmvall
Karl Malmvall has designed a step ladder beautiful enough to be placed on the wall as a piece of decoration, rather than to be stoved away in a dark closet. There is even a small hook included for the purpose, so that it always can be within reach. Step was awarded in 2011 as best furniture piece of the year by the design magazines Wallpaper and Swedish Elle Decoration. Step Mini is a step stool that also can be used as a folding chair. Like its larger cousin ‘Step’, Step Mini also has a specially designed hook for wall-mounting.
Foldable step ladder in solid beech/oak wood. Supplied with a hook for wall-mounting. Dimensions folded: W 45, H 132, D 5 cm (W 18", H 52", D 2"). Unfolded: Platform height 66 cm (26"), total height 126 cm (50"), depth 77 cm (30").
It was certainly no accident that Karl Malmvall became a furniture designer. He more or less grew up in Karl Andersson & Sons’ furniture factory in Huskvarna, a firm started by his grandfather and for which his own father designed furniture. After studying at the Carl Malmsten school in Stockholm and the Aarhus architectural college in Denmark, Karl was discovered by Gillis Lundgren who was one of Ivar Kamprad’s closest collaborators. This resulted in two decades of working at IKEA, initially at the furniture giant’s design office in Switzerland and thereafter in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The years that he spent at IKEA stimulated an interest in the practical details of design that few designers devote much attention to: creating a product that not only works well but that is also well adapted to manufacture and distribution.
Over the years Karl has acquired a notable collection of such items and it was the prototype of a folding chair that he presented when he first met with Design House Stockholm’s founder and managing director Anders Färdig.
Since 2002 Karl has run his own design studio, and been awarded the Excellent Swedish Design Award four times, as well as the Red Dot Design Award.