Moooi co-founder Marcel Wanders literally upends an icon with his signature seating piece Charleston. The traditional leather-covered sofa shape is emphatically poised on its side on a metal swivel stand so it points almost vertically upwards. With that unexpected turn, the armrest becomes a comfortable perch for 1 or 2 people sitting on the inner edge of the lower arm and using the seat cushion as a backrest.
- 87.4" h x 47.2" w x 57.5" d (222x120x146cm)
- Seat height: 15.7" (40cm)
Steel, HR foam, eco leather
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.