Hans Ehrich and Tom Ahlström
A&E Design is a Swedish design company, founded in 1968 by the duo Tom Ahlström (born 1943) and Hans Ehrich (born 1942), after graduating from Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Since the beginning, A & E Design focused on developing useful every day products, and are known for their practical dishwashing brushes (for Norwegian Jordan, sold in more than sixty million items), queue-ticket dispensers (for Turn-O-Matic), and a folding stool for museums - Stockholm II. Following the political correctness of the 60s and 70s; A&E Design has made many designs for disabled people, and Hans Ehrich also designed an electric car in the sixties.
A&E Design has received a considerable number of design awards and honours, including 14 Excellent Swedish Design Awards and 5 Red Dot Design Awards, of which three for Highest Design Quality.
Among their clients are Alessi, C&B Italia, Colgate, Design House Stockholm, Lammhults, Scandinavian Airlines System, Siemens, and Zanotta.