In Finnish, Muutos means ‘changed or fresh perspective’ and the word has inspired the name of an exciting new Scandinavian design company. Together with the best young Nordic designers, the visionary design company Muuto wants to once again make Scandinavia the world’s leading region for design.
”We believe that the road to success for modern Scandinavian design lies in a strong belief in the best younger designers. We give the designers the freedom and inspiration to create new designs, and we see it as one of Muutos’ primary goals to be on the forefront in the development of the designers”.
Muuto is a relatively new Danish design company that was founded by Peter Bonnén and Kristian Byrge . Peter and Kristian clearly have big ambitions and are already striving to have their products represented in leading design shops in major cities around the world. Their first series of products was launched earlier this year with the help of leading designers like Norway Says, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Harri Koskinen and Louise Campbell.
Muuto is firmly rooted in the Scandinavian design community, hand-picking designers from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark, and giving them the freedom to express their personal design philosophy whilst designing everyday products for the home. Their approach has resulted in a range of products that show both great diversity and character and a strong underlying Nordic heritage – a heritage that Muuto appear to be doing a good job of safe guarding.
As a design debut, it’s certainly an impressive collection. lifeiscarbon® can’t help but like most of Muuto’s range since we’re reminded so much of products by a favorite Japanese designers, Plus Minus Zero.
A Cordless Moment by Thomas Bernstrand (picture at top of article)
“It looks like a lamp and works like a lamp, but it has no electrical cord. It's like magic, and it also makes the lamp very flexible to use. It requires no electricity so you can move it around anywhere. A Cordless Moment is made out of bone china, and the semi-transparency of this material gives the lamp a magical glow in the late evening."
Four by Matti Klenell
"One of the strongest characteristics of glass is its transparency. Another is its seductive beauty. With this as a starting point I set out to create a vase which would be beautiful with or without flowers.”
Fold Along Dotted Lines by Claesson Koivisto Rune
"The idea behind the towel is a very subtle pattern that also works as a folding-guide. A sort of built-in manual. Designers call it semiotic, normal people call it common sense.”
I’m Boo by Norway Says
"Boo is like the skin, or a balloon surrounding the water with openings that tell the simple story of fluid motion in and out of the glass. The carafe exudes a strong personality, as if it's saying »I’m Boo, who are you?"
Oto 100 by Pil Bredahl
"The storage system is made for the modern nomad and inspired by the fact that we move more often in our lives than ever before. It can be separated and assembled very easily. It has a clear sculptural value and you can put it in the formations you like best.”
Everyday Holy by Ilkka Suppanen
"I wanted to create something different from the iconic coffee mug with handle found in office cubicles around the world. Modern people don't just have coffee; They have lattés, cappuccino, espresso, tea or Chai. So I wanted a mug which would look and work equally well no matter the content.”
Vitamin Container by Ole Jensen
"This bowl seeks to give fruit and vegetables the respect and environment they deserve, as well as adding to their natural beauty. The bowl has three legs that also work as storage spaces - maybe one for fruit, one for vegetables and one for fresh spices. Divided but still united.”