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 the same year, Johs. Vestre, who had previously been a sailor and a mechanical engineer, founded Johs. Vestre Mekaniske Verksted in Haugesund – in a war ruin. And with that, Vestre was born. What would be the first of numerous factories for the Vestre family business was established in an old German barracks in the coastal city of Haugesund. 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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