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The flickering reflections of light filtered through glass, be it a candle or, in this case, electricity, can bathe a room—and a mood—in a warm glow. That coziness fired up award-winning Finnish designer Harri Koskinen to create his Cosy Lamp for fellow countrymen Muuto. The essential silhouette of a table lamp is illuminated, literally, from within the mouth blown glass, serving as a kind of showcase for this every day piece of genius design, the light bulb. Even Harri’s consideration of the cord for the white lamps is something else, having passed on plastic for a woven textile cord. Simply sublime!
”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.