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Airy wields a captivating presence even as it seems to float on its thin-line frame. Young Danish designer Cecilie Manz sees it as “a coffee table that did not scream but still was not afraid to speak.” A powder-coated steel framework topped by polished plywood in laminate or a natural Oregon pine finish, it’s a multipurpose choice for both home and work settings. That fits right in with the forward-thinking culture of Danish maker Muuto, which takes its very name from the Finnish word for "new perspective.”
”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.