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Solo or in a group (mix with the smaller version, also at A+R), the sturdy Around Coffee Table strikes a balance between the honesty of Scandinavian design tradition and a charmingly modern flair. The distinct silhouette is realized by specific material application: the frame edge is ash plywood; tabletop made from plywood and legs are solid ash. Designer Thomas Bentzen sought a style that was both friendly and graceful; we'll add joyful to the mix with the addition of the pop of yellow available as an option.
A former designer at the celebrated Louise Campell Studio, Thomas set out on his own in 2010 as well as co-founded the design collective Remove. He realized the Around Coffee Duo for Danish brand Muuto.
”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.