There is a secret that sits at the heart of the Norwegian Olympic skiing town of Lillehammer — an old textiles mill that has the design world clamouring to cover its furniture, Gudbrandsdalens Uldvarefabrik.
Products made from leather are some of the most durable around — with proper care and treatment, they can last a lifetime. To celebrate the launch of Staffan Holm’s Udon Chair, upholstered with Scandinavian leather, we’re taking a closer look at the characteristics of this reliable and exclusive material. Join us as we turn to its source by visiting Elmo, the producer of our Soft Leather.
“We have designed a lot of sofas, but I think the unique position Hem has taken in the market by selling direct to the customer has really shaped the thinking behind the new Kumo Sofa,” says Torbjørn Anderssen, one half of the Norwegian design partnership Anderssen & Voll. We accompanied the duo as they inspected the production of the Kumo Sofa in Lithuania.
For the opening of Hem's new Stockholm Headquarter, Hem commissioned design studio Soft Baroque to create a custom-made counter, to serve as a centre-piece to the spaces entrance area. The sulfur yellow counter stands in contrast to the offices raw, cold, concrete space, blurring lines between hard and soft, bright and dark.