The company was founded in the 1950s as a carpentry.
In 1978 Gustav Ragnar bought the company. Gustav had a background as an engineer working with product development at a large factory manufacturing doors. Ragnars is still today a family business owned by the second generation of Ragnars family members.
In the 1980s the carpentry manufactured among other things customized doors and glass walls, interiors for churches.
In the 1990s the company began to manufacture interiors for shops. H&M was a large customer. Other projects worth mentioning were interiors for the chamber in the Swedish Parliament building, the interiors for the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm. During this decade, the company invested in modern machine technology from the German machine manufacturer Homag, an important key to be able to take the step into producing office furnitures.
At the end of 1990s there was an ”IT-boom” in Stockholm and all companies wanted to have their own spin and expression on their choice of furnitures for their office, to attract the best employees.
It became a standard that architects designed unique furniture solutions to create a ”corporate identity”.
Although Ragnars didn´t have it´s own brand, the company was the customers choice for most of the projects. During this time, working in close collaboration with architects, Ragnars employees built up the know-how of designing and manufacturing office furnitures. Architects especially appreciated the know how Ragnars had as a general carpenter being able to work with all types of materials and constructions.
1998 Ragnars was chosen by Orrefors Kosta Boda to manufacture their new flagship store at Madison Avenue on Manhattan. Architect was the Dutch concept creator Cornelis Jansen. At a meeting on a café on Madison Avenue, Cornelis and Johan Ragnar decided that Ragnars should develop their own products for office furnitures and build a ..