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Finally, a kitchen spoon that doesn't have to sit on the counter and leave its saucy stamp. This beechwood duo is streamlined down to its improved functionality: the slit at the base of the handle portion means it can balance on the lip of a pot or pan while you're in action. The utensil with a flat slope is great as a kind of spatula.
"Hang Around" is made by Danish brand Muuto and designed by KiBiSi, a collaborative hailing from Kilo Design, Big architects and Skibsted Ideation.
”We give the designers the freedom to create new designs,” says Muuto co-founder Peter Bonnén. Inspired by the Finnish word “muutos” that alludes to having a new perspective, the company aspires to update Scandinavian tradition for a new generation. By giving free reign to the brightest design talent in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark, there’s the breathing room to conjure a new take on a chair, vase or a lamp, Peter says. “The road to success for modern Scandinavian design lies in a strong belief in the best designers of our time.”
Peter and co-founder Kristian Byrge, who originally trained in economics and management respectively, might not have seemed destined to helm a new-influencer design firm. But their passion for all things design and and the distinctive style they dub “New Nordic” has brought global acclaim in just a few short years. “This gives the Muuto designs great diversity and character and further links them to the Nordic heritage—a heritage Muuto is proud of and that all the designers carry with them as part of their professional luggage”, says Kristian.
“We’re very different and that’s what makes it great,” says Jens Martin Skibsted, part of the trio behind KiBiSi, one of the most influential Scandinavian design groups today. “But what we have in common is the notion that the idea of a product or a brand should dictate how it is made.” Philosopher-turned-branding expert Skibsted, noted architect Bjarke Ingels of Big Architects and rising industrial design star Lars Holme Larsen came together in the Copenhagen-based joint venture. For the triumvirate, it meant creating a platform for merging big ideas, architectural bona fides and a keen design sensibility.
KiBiSi has worked across a wide field, creating everything from furniture and household objects to bicycles and aircraft, with signature designs for clients across the globe. Recognized for innovation by the likes of the Wall Street Journal and Fast Company, the firm’s work is seen in major museum collections, including MoMA in New York and Centre National d’Arts Plastique in Paris. But, according to Ingels, not all of their collaboration is duty-bound: “So far, the most significant thing is that we have ridiculous amounts of fun.”