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January 13, 2023

Stressless is one of the biggest brands in the recliner and sofa space. Their quality, ergonomic design, and overall comfort have to be felt to be believed. 

But how did the Stressless brand come to be?

To understand the history of Stressless we have to first go back to the humble beginnings of its holding company, Ekornes.

The History of Ekornes and Stressless   

Ekornes ASA is a Norwegian furniture manufacturer that is best known for its Stressless brand of comfortable and ergonomic recliners, sofas, and other seating options. The company has a rich history that spans over a century, dating back to the early 1900s.

The story of Ekornes begins in the early 1900s when Ingvar Ekornes, the founder of the company, started a small furniture workshop in the small town of Sykkylven in Norway. The company initially focused on producing traditional wooden furniture, but over the years, it evolved and diversified its product line.

In the 1930s, the company began producing metal furniture, which was a new and innovative concept at the time. This marked the beginning of the company's commitment to innovation and design, which would become a defining characteristic of Ekornes in the years to come.

In the 1950s, Ekornes began experimenting with new materials and designs, and in 1971, the company introduced theStressless recliner. The Stressless recliner was unlike anything else on the market at the time, featuring a unique, patented mechanism that allowed the chair to adjust to the user's individual body shape and movements, providing a level of comfort and support that was previously unseen in traditional recliners.

The Stressless brand quickly gained popularity, and by the 1980s, it had become one of the most well-known and respected furniture brands in the world. The company continued to innovate and expand its product line, introducing new models of recliners, sofas, and other seating options that incorporated the latest in ergonomic research and design.

In the 2000s, Ekornes expanded its product line further to include home office furniture, dining room furniture, and more. The company continued to innovate and improve its products, using advanced technology and materials to create furniture that is not only comfortable but also environmentally friendly.

Today, Ekornes ASA is one of the largest and most respected furniture manufacturers in the world, with a reputation for quality and innovation. The company continues to be a family-owned and operated business, and still produces all its furniture in Norway.

Browse our Stressless Furniture

Looking for Stressless furniture? You came to the right place. 

We offer a wide range ofStressless products, including all the latest models and designs. This means that you can find the perfect piece to suit your needs.

If the price tag is scaring you off don’t worry. We often have sales and promotions on all our Stressless furniture.

So start browsing. Our website has a user-friendly interface which makes it easy for you to navigate and find the perfect piece of furniture. 

We provide detailed information on each Stressless product, including dimensions, materials, and features, allowing you to make an informed purchase.

We are an authorized retailer of Stressless furniture, which means that all products are backed by the manufacturer's warranty and are guaranteed to be of the highest quality.


Ekornes ASA is a Norwegian furniture manufacturer with a rich history that spans over a century. From a small furniture workshop to one of the largest and most respected furniture manufacturers in the world, the company has always been committed to innovation, design and quality. The introduction of the Stressless recliner in 1971 marked a turning point for the company and established it as a leading brand in the furniture industry. 

Ben Schorr
Ben Schorr

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