Asplund is a Swedish design company who sees furniture as objects of art. Asplund was founded in 1990 by Michael Asplund, originally an art dealer, and his brother Thomas Asplund, a former banker. Their contrasting backgrounds brought fresh attitude and ideas to the Swedish design scene. Besides design and production, the brothers run the Stockholm-based Asplund Gallery, which has become a lively arena for contemporary Swedish design. Besides Swedish designers, Asplund has collaborated with various international designers including Tom Dixon, Jasper Morrison and Marc Newsom. Despite its innovative and international approach, Asplund also believes in traditions and the quality of local production; the majority of its collections are still manufactured in Sweden.