A Swedish household name, Upsala-Ekeby was founded in 1886 in Uppsala, Sweden producing functional as well as decorative homewares. Hiring designers in 1910, they expanded their range of household and art ceramics. They would go on to grow by buying competing companies including Gefle Porcelain and Karlskrona Porcelain. In 1964, Upsala-Ekeby significantly expanded with the purchase of the Swedish ceramic company Rörstrand and further Reijmyre Glassworkspurchases of Kosta Boda (glass) and GAB Gense (cutlery).
As a result of Upsala-Ekeby's growth and the merging, a significant number of celebrated and notable designers spent many years of their careers designing for them: Ingrid Atterberg (1944-1963), Kjell Blomberg (1952-1957), Taisto Kaasinen (1952-1961), Vicke Lindstrand (1942-1950), Lillemor Mannerheim (1952-1959), Hjördis Oldfors (1953-1959), (Mari Simmulson 1949-1972), Anna-Lisa Thomson (1933-1952).