John Kandell (1925—1991)

John Kandell is perhaps best known for his long and fruitful collaboration with the furniture manufacturer Källemo, resulting in iconic designs such as the “Pilaster” shelf. However, Kandell began his career in the 1940s working as a drawer for the architect Carl-Axel Acking. In 1947 he graduated from Konstfack University of Arts, crafts and design and went straight on to further studies in sculpture at the same school. For many years he also worked as a teacher at Konstfack. Kandell was often hired by other architects to carry out interior designs and can account for many prestigious projects such as the interior architecture of Svea hovrätt, Göta hovrätt, Tannefors Church and several banks and other churches.