Quiet, please. Muuto's elegantly minimal Silent Vase announces itself with barely a whisper. From his eponymous studio in Oslo, Andreas Engesvik observes that "Silent is about reducing a vase to it's most simple expression. It is the shape of the vase that is in focus." Made of mouth-blown glass and hand finished, the result is serene and timeless. Andreas has received several international awards and wide recognition for his work with furniture, lighting and home accessories while Danish maker Muuto continues to enlarge the vocabulary of new Nordic design.
- Small: 5.25" h x 4.25" dia (13.4x11cm)
- Large: 7.5" h x 6" dia (19x15cm)
- Made of mouth-blown glass
Muuto made its impact on the design world by living up to its namesake "muttos,” the Finnish word that alludes to looking at things with a new perspective. "We give the designers the freedom to create new designs,” says co-founder Peter Bonnén. By giving free rein 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. Expanding on that success, Muuto was subsequently acquired by legendary brand Knoll In 2017, though it continues to be run independently from the company's headquarters in Copenhagen.
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 it was a shared passion for all things design and and the distinctive style they dubbed “New Nordic” that rapidly brought worldwide recognition. "It serves as proof that we have something special to offer the design industry," the partners say. "We're proud to be part of the Knoll family and can't wait to unfold Muuto's global potential further in close collaboration with them."
Oslo-based designer Andreas Engesvik founded his self-named studio in 2009, after first gaining international notice as part of the collective of young-gun designers, Norway Says, which he had cofounded 6 years earlier. A graduate of the University of Bergen in Norway, Andreas earned his masters degree in design at the country's National College of Art and Design. His firm, Andreas Engesvik Oslo, encompasses work in a range of materials, extending from furniture to tableware to industrial design, for a distinguished roster of international clients such as Iittala, Muuto, FontanaArte, Ligne Roset and Asplund.
Andreas was appointed a guest professor at Stockholm's University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) in 2012. His work has been recognized with numerous awards, including Red Dot Award, Elle Decoration (Norway) Furniture of the Year and Designer of the Year and the Wallpaper Design Award. "I think the field of design is heading to an exciting period," he says. "It's more and more evident we have to focus on quality."