IN BETWEEN SK1 & SK2
The interplay between positive and negative space is central to In Between, Sami Kallio’s new chair for &Tradition. Its back and side panels provide a concrete shape and support, but forms are created equally by the gaps inbetween them. In Between has a low-swung, crescent back- and armrest and a very slightly pitched seat pan. Both are balanced by the dynamically angled legs, resulting in an equilibrium of forms that makes In Between a contemporary design classic.
Kallio’s expertise in traditional woodworking craftsmanship is evident in his new chair. In Between is produced using two classical techniques; compression moulding (making it light and thin, yet strong) and woodturning (a technique that uses a lathe to achieve greater detail). The materials are ash and oak, both of which respond particularly well to the techniques used. The production of In Between involves modern industrial manufacturing processes and certain interventions by the human hand; a harmony of innovation and tradition. To admirers of mid-century Danish design, In Between’s lightness and semicircular top rail may echo the work of Hans Wegner (1914-2007), a designer whose work Kallio cites as a subconscious inspiration. In contrast to Wegner’s 1949 Wishbone Chair (also known as the Y Chair), In Between has a more daring pitch, and a more graphic, modular character. In form and technique alike, In Between gives a respectful nod to the past, but ultimately looks forward. The upholstered seat is available in Kvadrat fabrics and semi-aniline leather.
IN BETWEEN SK3 & SK4
Following &tradition and Kallio’s collaboration to produce the In Between chair the two have come together again to create a circular dining table.
“The In Between Table is a thing of beauty,” says Martin Kornbek Hansen, the founder of &tradition, “the solid oak table is beautifully crafted to produce a contemporary dining table, making it a natural extension of the In Between collection.” The In Between chair was the first chair to be added to the &tradition stable of furniture and Kallio has reinterpreted certain aspects of the chair in the creation of the table. The curvature of the circular table is for example reminiscent of the negative space in the form of the chair’s back rest. Similarly the angles of the legs of the table reflect the angles of the chair legs.
The table legs were created using woodturning, a traditional technique that uses a lathe to shape wood. For &tradition a connection to the past is an essential component for any item in the collection. “Wood turning is a result of my love for Scandinavian heritage and traditional wood crafting,” says Kallio, “there is a satisfaction that comes from using old techniques. The materials used for the table further solidify a link to the past. The solid oak used is a sturdy, reliable wood that is steeped in Scandinavian heritage. “Oak is a good long-lasting material that people can easily relate to.
The In Between table is built from solid oak and treated with either lacquer or oil.
Designer: Sami Kallio
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