Incredibly, the strongest carbon fibers are 10 times stronger than steel but also much lighter—and by ingeniously overlapping them where the base meets the seat, Moooi's chair can be lifted with a finger. Independent designers Bertjan Pot and Marcel Wanders teamed up on this indoor-outdoor seating made of individual strands of the high-tech material, interwoven with epoxy resin and colored an inky black. A union of dedicated craftsmanship and enlightened thinking, Carbon opens an exciting new chapter of creative possibilities.
- Chair: 31.1" h x 18.5" w x 19.3" d (79x47x49cm)
- Seat height: 18.1" (46cm)
- Chair cap: 5.5" h x 16.1" w (14x41cm)
- Seat pad: 1" h x 17.3" w (2.5x44m)
Carbon fiber soaked in epoxy resin
It rhymes with “boy,” and a child’s wonder and uninhibited creative impulse is at the heart of this Amsterdam design house co-founded in 2001 by Netherlands design star Marcel Wanders. Then as now, Moooi’s aim is to crack conventions of modern design, providing a platform for the most experimental creatives around the world, including Studio Job, Bertjan Pot, Front and Neri&Hu, as well as creative director Wanders himself.
Some of Moooi’s beautifully eccentric pieces like the charred-wood Smoke Chair; the nearly life-size Horse Lamp; and Iconic Eyes, a dazzling hanging light made of BMW headlights, have become design icons. “We are not the kind of company that decides to produce a commercial chair and then contacts the right designer,” says Robin Bevers, who took the reins as CEO in 2015, after co-founder and Dutch design entrepreneur Casper Vissers stepped away. “It’s rather the other way round: they contact us.” From hotels to homes, the flights of fancy in furnishings, wallcoverings, rugs, lighting and décor from Moooi continue to marvel.