Born in Sweden in 1957, Gunilla Allard initially worked within the film industry before transferring her talents into more mainstream product design. After graduating from the Department of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at the University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm in 1988, she was immediately selected to become a member of Lammhults' workshops. Now internationally recognised for her "strict, minimalistic and elegant" approach, she has been instrumental in making Lammhults an leading international furniture brand.
Her latest furniture creation, Sahara, confirms her abilities. Light and airy, the easy chair and sofa series combines traditional Scandinavian functionality with Allard's distinctive twenty-first century expression. A key detail is the design of the arms which has utilised advanced production techniques to ensure a seemless marriage between wood and metal. Allard rightly describes the end result as "jewel like".