Evert Södergren is among the nation's foremost 20th century studio furniture designers and makers. He supported the Seattle's mid century craft movement. His iconic Pacific Northwest regionalist waterfront home & studio workshop was designed with Ralph Anderson. This Lake Washington residence embodied this movement, attracting visits from the cultural luminaries of this era.
Södergren began his career at age 15, working in his father's furniture shop in Seattle's University District. He later took evening classes in production drafting and worked as a drafter during World War II. When his father returned to Sweden after the war, Södergren continued the family woodworking business. Rejecting the traditional modes associated with his father's multigenerational woodworking business, Södergren grew fascinated with contemporary Scandinavian furniture of the1940s and 1950s including work by Hans Wegner, Bruno Mathsson, Finn Juhl, and George Nelson. Beginning in the 1950s, he began producing highly original furniture influenced by european modernism along with the materials, cultures, and aesthetics of the Pacific Northwest. This work received local and national attention. He joined the faculty of the School of Art at the University of Washington in 1951, where he taught furniture design and production for nearly 30 years. As a teacher at the School of Art, he greatly influenced today’s generation of artist and artisans.
Södergren's influence and mentoring shaped the studio furniture movement in the Pacific Northwest. He helped develop Seattle's Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking, which continues today as Northwest Fine Woodworking. In 1954, he co-founded Northwest Designer Craftsmen, whose other nine founding members include Irene McGowan and Henry Lin, ceramist and father of Maya Lin.
His furniture is honored through collections at the Smithsonian Museum's Renwick Gallery, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, and the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
the School of Art, he greatly influenced today’s generation of artist and artisans.
Whatever comes to my mind, if I like it, I build it.”
THE SÖDERGREN STUDIO