Scan Magazine, Issue 129, October 2019

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Gemla Fabrikers AB creates unique and contemporary design – built to last for generations.

Handmade in Sweden since 1861 Gemla Fabrikers AB is an esteemed furniture company grown directly from the roots of the deep forests of Småland. With wit and ingenuity, they have managed to stay at the forefront of Swedish furniture design ever since their establishment in 1861. Design and quality are meant to last, and Gemla’s continuous longevity and success on the furniture market stands as solid proof: they are creating something that stands the test of time. By Nina Bressler   |  Photos: Gemla Fabrikers AB

The production takes place in the small town of Diö, located in the south of Sweden, where easy access to transport, water power and raw material has made for an ideal location ever since the founding days in the 19th century. While the company has changed owners and even items of production over the years, 104  |  Issue 129  |  October 2019

the importance of providing durable craftsmanship has always stayed at the core of the business. Benny Hermansson has been the owner since 2016. Having spent many years in another successful furniture business from the same area, he received the of-

fer to become part-owner, which later turned into full ownership. A great design and furniture enthusiast, he found the decision easy enough, and he talks enthusiastically about the importance of sustainability as well as durability in all their products. “We build our furniture to last not only the next 50, but 100 years to come; it’s a given for us to offer restoration of our chairs to enable a second, or third round of life for the next generation of owners,” he says.

Beauty, comfort and sustainability – essential trademarks of production Gemla’s range consists of tables, headboards and mirrors, but what has be-