Referencing both the Arts and Crafts movement and the legacy of traditional wood craftsmanship, sculptor Joep van Lieshout’s Liberty series includes a handsomely spare lounger. Fashioned in solid American walnut and complete with a natural sheepskin throw, the artisan piece celebrates the virtues of clean lines and raw materials. Exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide (MoMA, New York, the Hayward Gallery, London, and Centre Pompidou, Paris, among others), Joep produces his sculpture-cum-seating at his Atelier Van Lieshout, situated in the harbors of Rotterdam.
- 38.6" h x 73.2" w x 34.3" d (98x186x87cm)
- Seat height: 16.9" (43cm)
American walnut, sheep skin
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.