Solvej

The swings are designed and made by Thomas Mortimer (Sweden) and Jenny Etherington(New Zealand). Jenny and Thomas met in Western Australia in 1986. They made their living for a few years by making and selling jewellery inspired by Same craft from northern Scandinavia. They traveled between Sweden and New Zealand for many years until settling in rural New Zealand in Jenny’s home village Matiere, a few months before their daughter Solvej was born.

Thomas, previously a cabinet maker and teacher, wanted to share the wonderful memories he had of swings in this own childhood with his young daughter,  and designed the first Solvej Swing for their daughter in 1993. He had a dream of owning his own workshop, and Jenny the dream of providing employment in her rural home village. Coupled with the overwhelming positive response to the swing they established a design company. Both are particularly passionate about design, and environmental and social responsibility, values imbued in every aspect of the business. Twenty-five years later production remains in Matiere with the wood and sewing workshops in local heritage buildings they are in the process of restoring. Their daughter Solvej, studying architecture, is now also continuing the family legacy in the business.

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