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Nerds will inherit the Earth! Well, at least these Nerds can command a room. This all-wood seating series by David Geckeler (also check out the corresponding bar and counter stools) suggests signature Scandinavian qualities in terms of materials, craftsmanship and profile. Yet Nerd looks new because of its overall expression, including a range of 8 colors to mix and match. The standout feature, of course, is the intersection of the back through the seat. A strong statement alone in an office or salon, or as a set around a dining table. It took the Beckers International Design Award in 2011. And Danish brand Muuto not only gave it its 2012 Talent Award; as manufacturing partner, it also decided to set the Nerds out into the world.
Furniture, tableware and lighting are among the categories David's work emphasizes. He studied industrial design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and, later, graduated from the University in Berlin, where he now keeps his studio.
”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.