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Nature is often a leitmotif for Scandinavian design and one reason why it continues to resonate. In conceiving the Elevated Vase for Danish house Muuto, designer Thomas Bentzen took his cue from a forest glade. "The materials are inspired by the flowers and branches I would put in the vase," he says. "The wood [base] represents the roots in the soil and the glass the airy treetop, as it stands in nature." Of course, it's an altogether sophisticated rendition in mouth-blown glass with a solid ash base from the hand of the acclaimed designer, who started his own studio in 2010 and co-founded the collective Remove. And the Elevated moniker is charmingly twofold as the platformed vase raises an arrangement above a table surface while also, as Bentzen puts it, "doing something exceptional for flowers."
”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.