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Elfa – a piece of Swedish history

What started as a simple idea for storage developed into a company that is the market leader within its industry. Arne Lydmar was the innovator and engineer who founded the company in the late 1940s, when he started manufacturing a storage system using metal wire. His ideas were refined and over the years, leading designers have helped take the products to new heights.

Elfa supplies smart, made-to-measure and highly durable storage solutions in Scandinavian design, helping to make life easier in an innovative manner. We continue to explore new options and develop new concepts. That means that our products can now be found anywhere in the home – from the kitchen and bedroom to the garage and storeroom.   

Elfa's history by year

1948 – Elfa founded in Stockholm by storage innovator Arne Lydmar. 
1950 – The famous wire basket was put into production 
1960 – Production relocated to Västervik
1970 – New factory opened in Västervik. Elfa becomes key supplier to the new "The Container Store" in Dallas, USA. 
1983 – Elfa merges with track manufacturer Sparring. 
1990 – Head office relocated to Västervik. 
1992 – Sparring's production relocated to Västervik. 
1996 – Elfa acquires Norwegian competitor Noga, a well-known name in the sliding door segment. The Container Store becomes the exclusive distributor on the North American market. 
1999 – The Container Store becomes the new owner of Elfa. 
2002.– Elfa acquires sliding door manufacturer Luminator AB 
Elfa acquires Kirena OY, a market leader within interiors and doors on the Finnish market. 
2007 – Elfa acquires German company Peko and its sister company Pekodom, market leaders in Germany for shelf systems and DIY solutions. 
2011  Establishment of head office in Malmö. 
2011  Elfa acquires Lumi Norge A/S, the biggest name in the Norway within the project market. 
2012  Elfa relocates manufacturing of sliding doors in Norway to Luminator (door factory in Mullsjö). 
2013  Elfa sells Peko and Pekodom. 
2013  The NoGa brand is phased out. 
2015  Luminator AB changes name to Elfa Doors AB