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 in
between 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.