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The traditional technique that uses a lathe to shape wood—known as woodturning—is part of the fabrication of the slender, solid oak legs that hold up the round plank top. The legs also echo the angle of the front legs of its companion chair in the In Between series by Sam Kallio. It's "so simple," remarks Martin Kornbek Hansen, founder of &Tradition, which produces the collection in Denmark, "it exudes beauty. Sami's approach couples old school craft and modern considerations: compression molding and innovative veneer techniques are also part of the production process; and the table comes disassembled as a flat pack, addressing both environmental sensitivities and ease of transport. Like its rectangular sibling, the round version is available in two sizes.
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.