Hans Brattrud studied at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, setting up his own design studio at the same time, before later becoming an architect. In 1957 he designed the chair collection Scandia. The designer has a clutch of awards to his name, and the Scandia chair continues to earn him accolades, most recently the Interior Innovation Award 2006 at the IMM Cologne fair.
Brattrud was a carpenter before becoming a furniture designer, and he contributes much of his design confidence to the skills he learned while working with wood. Brattrud pioneered high frequency lamination in Norway in the making of his Scandia chair back in the 50s, working to develop a 1-mm thick laminate for wood with high-electricity to set it faster than the usual 3 hours it would take otherwise. It is now the most common production technique in the world.