Already since the beginning of the last century Hans Karlsson’s forerunners have manufactured furniture. Hans himself started to work with furniture in the 50s. What once was one man’s passion for interior decoration has today grown to a successful international furniture design company with production both in Sweden and abroad.
To this day the family tradition still lives on. His children, Henrik and Helena Karlsson are also deeply involved with the company.
2016 Design S
- The national designaward in Sweden from Svensk Form
The motivation of the jury:
In his work, designer Sami Kallio combines traditional carpentry methods with innovative techniques. Wood is his primary material and shows his dedication to environmentally sustainable design. His chair Y5 has origins in the history of Swedish design, but Kallio flips the backrest in Hans Wegner's well-known Y-chair and multiplies it into an intricately woven pattern with structural strength and honourable design.
2018 German Design Award
- The international German designaward from German Design Council
The Y5 chair by Sami Kallio has a nordic, solid and contemporary design with a clear and strong expression. The name Y5 comes from the five inverted Ys in the back of the chair. The designer Sami Kallio tried all along in his workshop to create a comfortable solid wood chair with a unique design language. “I often build my design on a traditional and functional foundation, but still try to add a little extra to keep it fresh”.