Love Arbén studied architecture at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm from where he graduated in 1978. He also took courses in interior architecture and furniture design at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design.
After working at the AOS architectural office, Arbén founded his own studio in 1985 and became known for the interiors he made for the fashion company Dobber (1986), the SE Bank (1994) and for several other private as well as public spaces.
In 1986 Arbén started a collaboration with the Swedish furniture manufacturer Lammhults. One of the first results was Aron, a chair inspired both by the Klismos chair, the modernism movement as well as earlier pieces by Lammhults. Aron was released in 1989 and was awarded the Utmärkt Svensk Form (Excellent Swedish Design Award) the same year.
One of Arbén’s best known furniture is the Ono cabinet. The cabinet with a curved laminated veneer door in either maple or black and white striped, was designed to Lammhults in 1991. The Ono cabinet was awarded the Forsnäs Prize in 1991 and is a part of the Nationalmuseum’s design collection.
In 1994 and for ten years, Arbén was appointed professor in interior architecture and furniture design at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, where he also was acting headmaster in 1998-99. When Konstfack in 2004 were to move into their new premises at Telefonplan in Stockholm, Arbén was employed to create its interior together with Wingårdhs Architects. The furniture Arbén designed to the project was manufactured by SA Möbler.