Axel-Einar Hjorth was a Swedish furniture designer who was trained in part at Högre Konstindustriella Skolan, now known as University College of Arts, Crafts & Design. Hjorth never finished his studies because his foster father died after Hjort’s second year in school, forcing him to become self-sufficient. He then began his career as a furniture designer. Nordiska Kompaniet (NK) hired Hjorth as chief architect for interior design in 1928, which involved designing both public and private interiors. Hjorth participated in the 1930 Stockholm Exhibition with the interior design of Carl Bergsten's villa. After Hjorth ended his employment at NK in 1938, he opened his own business, at which time he signed his name AE Hjorth for the first time. Hjorth had a style of his own and was inspired by French Art Déco.
Swedish Modern, synonymous with Swedish Grace and Nordic Classicism is a period-movement, like Britain's Art Déco, in architecture and design prevalent in the Nordic countries. The movement was formed as National Romanticism and Art Nouveau had became common and people yearned for something "new." But it is in the 21st century that these designs became sought after on the secondary market, with skyrocketing auction prices.