In Kallio’s own words, his work combines the melancholy of the Finnish design heritage with the humour of the Swedish tradition.
In 2009, Kallio co-founded the Gothenburg-based furniture manufacturer Brikolör. The company aims to produce furniture with a guaranteed technical durability of 300 years. In 2011, he established Sami Kallio Studio, and launched his first collection, The Finnish Blood in Me. &tradition first came across Kallio when this work was exhibited at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair. With his solid grounding in the traditional woodworking techniques of Scandinavia and his eye for ingenious detail, Kallio seemed the ideal candidate to design the first wooden chair in &tradition’s stable, In Between.