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Perhaps as a counterweight to the languorous pillow-strewn seating of &Tradition's Fly collection, this impressive coffee table provides both a visual anchor and pleasing heft of materials. Ambiance is a prime motivator for designers Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Per Bundgaard Rutzov, who together form Space Copenhagen. The choice in black or white definitely creates starkly different moods. Consider a white-pigmented oiled oak frame topped with honed Bianco Carrera marble, or the smoked-oil finish paired with inky polished Nero Marquina marble. Either version hews to the international style the duo favors as a result of their continued travels. Though highly lauded in their native Denmark, they are not constrained by its aesthetic borders. "We’re not wearing our Scandinavian glasses as such," the pair say as one voice. "Our heritage consists of a set of values founded deep inside us.
Design is never static. When Copenhagen-based &Tradition was established in 2010, founder Martin Kornbek Hansen's mission was to produce work that was defined by a unique vision, whether it came from Danish legends of the past or young innovators of the future. The roster extends from timeless luminaries such as Verner Panton and Arne Jacobsen to current leading lights Samuel Wilkinson and Norm.Architects to exciting new names Mia Hamborg and Victor Vetterlein. As the company's Kornbek Hansen puts it: "We see a kinship between the old masters, who were avant-garde in their time, and new designers creating the ground-breaking icons of today."
With its library of furniture and lighting extending from the 1930s to the present day, the firm is uniquely positioned to carry on the Nordic tradition of unstinting craftsmanship and adroit use of materials. Nonetheless, &Tradition sees its future in global terms, handpicking design talent and production facilities internationally in an effort to continually produce relevant product and engage a new generation of conscious consumers.