Vidar Malmsten was the second son of furniture designer and interior architect Carl Malmsten and Siv Malmsten, born in 1924. Vidar Malmsten followed in his father’s foot steps and worked as an interior architect while also designing several furniture for the family company Carl Malmsten AB.
In 1955 he was engaged by architect Bengt Romare to design the interior for the Skellefteå district court. In the 1960’s when Carl scaled down his work to focus on Capellagården, it was Vidar who created several of the company’s interiors.
As a furniture designer Vidar Malmsten is known for the Kaj chair made for the Sundbyberg church hall and the safari-style armchair Olle. His style of design is said to be more forcefull than that of his father. Vidar Malmsten died in 1969 at the age 45.