Jens E. Ekornes
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Ekornes was born at Sykkylven in Møre og Romsdal, Norway. He was the son of Elling Sivertsen Ekornes (1878–1966) and Berte Jensine Jensdatter Vik (1884–1968). In 1933, he married Petrine Elida Tomasdatter Riksheim.
In his early twenties, he went to work for Ørsta Lenestolfabrikk where his brother, Sigurd Ekornes, was co-owner. In 1934, he founded the furniture company J. E. Ekornes Fjærfabrikk in Sykkylven. In 1937 he took a trip to England, France and Germany. He also visited the United States several times, to learn his trade. Initially the firm was principally focused on the production of mattress. In 1966, Ekornes started production of lounge furniture. In 1971, Stressless® chairs were introduced on the Norwegian market. 
Jens E. Ekornes was the sole owner of the company until 1960, when his brothers Leif and Martin became co-owners in a joint stock company J. E. Ekornes Fabrikker AS. Upon his death in 1976, Martin Ekornes took over as chief executive. Later, his nephew Jens Petter Ekornes became involved. 
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