Furniture craftsmanship from Gotland
G.A.D was founded in 1997, as a reaction to increasing mass production. Our founder Kristian Eriksson was a creative and artistic IT consultant, who was looking for what he calls "real furniture". Furniture of the highest quality, made by hand from solid natural materials.
When he couldn't find them, he decided to design and make them himself. That was the start of a business that 25 years later is driven by the same passion for craftsmanship and materials that will last well into the future.
Only Swedish production
All G.A.D.'s production is done in Sweden, mainly in our own carpentry workshop in Hemse on Gotland, where we have around ten people working. Each piece of furniture is made to the customer's order and becomes a personal project that is numbered and signed by the carpenter in charge.
We work with local materials such as Gotland pine, limestone and lambskin. We buy wood that is not available on Gotland from Sweden and Finland in the case of birch, and we buy oak from the Baltic Sea region. We always choose as local a supplier as possible.
In Lönsboda, Skåne, we buy the exclusive diabase from Hägghultsbrottet, a black and saturated stone that is in demand by artists and furniture makers around the world.
We also work in vegetable tanned leather from Tärnsjö Garveri and Elmo, and in wool from Klippan's wool factory. Our fittings, in steel and brass, are made in Havdhem, just south of Hemse here on Gotland.
CRAFTSMANSHIP AND MATERIALS IN FOCUS
Timeless Scandinavian design
Kristian Eriksson designs all of G.A.D.'s furniture. He has a timeless and stylish design language based on a Scandinavian tradition. He also distinguishes himself in the way he emphasizes the beautiful solutions of fine carpentry, and the properties of natural materials.
In addition to being beautiful details, fine carpentry solutions provide very robust and durable constructions. Joints with continuous tenons and dovetail joints are a big part of G.A.D.'s unique ID as a manufacturer of craftsmanship at the highest level.
Working with solid natural materials and natural finishes also gives the tremendous advantage that the furniture can be easily maintained, cared for and refurbished. If necessary, it can even be restored to new condition, several times over.
"I usually compare it to what it feels like to walk into an old, well-built house"
"You feel it right away. This house, or this piece of furniture, is made the right way, with real materials. Natural materials and good craftsmanship give a weight and a soul that the senses register and like."
/Kristian Eriksson, founder and designer G.A.D.