Scan Magazine, Issue 81, October 2015

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Creative design by Abelardo Gonzalez Arkitektbyrå, featuring windows, French windows and sliding doors by Hajom.

The perfect harmony between indoors and outdoors Proud craftsmanship and a love of architecture led to the invention of a lift-and-glide sliding door. Today, more than 100 years of tradition and functional design meet modern technology in the small town of Hajom in Västergötland, Sweden. By Ellinor Thunberg | Photos: Hajom

It all started with a handy craftsman named Birger Andersson. He set up Hajom joinery in 1911 and assignments ranged from windows and doors to kitchens –even houses – and followed for generations to come. In 1965, the third generation of the Andersson family came up with a brilliant idea, rarely seen before: the sliding door. “To bring

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light into properties with glazed surfaces is the moving spirit in Hajom. We want to connect the inside with the outside, and that’s what made the company what it is today,” says Mattias Streith, CEO at Hajom. Hajom is located in a small town with the very same name and was among the first

companies to make sliding doors. Today, 50 years later, the production still takes place here and Streith is proud of the heritage. “We’ve been around for a long time and many of our employees have been here for around 50 years. Not many companies can boast such achievements these days,” he says. Hajom loves architecture The company always had a close relationship with the world of architecture and previously created its own house designs from time to time. Or as Streith puts it: “Architecture is in our DNA.”

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