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It's not always man versus machine. For In Between, Helsinki-born Sami Kallio combines classic wood craftsmanship along with veneer compression molding for a sturdy but surprisingly lightweight stool. The traditional technique that uses a lathe to shape wood—known as woodturning—is part of the fabrication of the slender, solid oak legs, which are positioned at a slight angle. Produced by Copenhagen-based &Tradition in either bar or counter height, the designer says versatility was key. "I wanted the stool to fit comfortably into any setting—just like the person sitting."
If the semicircular rail brings to mind that 1949 Danish icon the Wishbone Chair (a.k.a. the Y Chair), Sam freely admits his regard for designer master Hans Wegner. Yet Sam also pushes his In Between forward with a more graphic, modular and lighter form. In Between is part of the "Between Gaps" series by this award-winning designer, who is now based in in Gothenburg, Sweden.
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.