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.
IN BETWEEN TABLE SK5 & SK6
n a desire to design a table that blends into a space without taking up much space, Sami Kallio created the In Between Table. A partner to his In Between Chair, the legs of the table echo the same angle as the front legs of the chair. At the same time, the table’s slim silhouette and absence of ornamentation make it an ideal match for any chair – in any setting. The In Between Table is a mix of traditional wood craftsmanship, involv- ing compression moulding and woodturning, together with innovative veneer techniques. As such, it is an homage to Kallio’s Nordic heritage and training in woodmaking, as well as his modern, Scandinavian sense of simplicity.
As part of his “Between Gaps” series, Kallio set out to explore the correlation between an object and its surrounds. Exploring the interplay between positive and negative space. “My concept started from the outside inwards,” explains Kallio. “The table has no negative spaces, but it can be paired with any chair, in any timeframe in any space.”
“Kallio’s In Between Table is a stunning example of impeccable hand craftsmanship with natural materials, which we are proud to reflect in our stable of products,” says &tradition Brand Manager Martin Kornbek Hansen. “Kallio’s blending of both classic and contemporary techniques is something we truly value at &tradition. Along with his uncanny ability to design an object so simple, it exudes beauty.”
Product type: Dining table
Production Process: The table surface is made of solid wood planks, which are planed and glued together. The wood is carefully selected for its patterns and veining to create a homogeneous surface. The legs are made of solid wood involving a woodturning technique using a lathe to create the conical shape. Wood blocks are used to attach the legs to the table to make it more stable when mounted.
Materials: Lacquered solid oak and oak veneer, Stained solid oak and oak veneer.
Colours: Clear lacquered oak, Smoked stained oak, Black stained oak.
Designer: Sami Kallio
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