From war-torn ruin to the world’s most environmentally friendly furniture factory

In 1947, post-war Norway was beset with resource shortages and poverty and in desperate need of rebuilding. In August of that year, Johs Vestre, a former sailor and mechanic, founded “Johs. Vestre Mekaniske Verksted” in Haugesund, starting in a war-torn ruin. Despite the challenging conditions, his small venture managed to produce simple yet functional items like pipe constructions, saw clamps, and park benches.

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