As with the rest of Moooi’s defining series, this blackened armchair shares an unlikely and untamed finish characterized by fire. The dark beauty and mottled character of charred wood makes each individual chair unique in Dutch designer Maarten Baas’ groundbreaking approach. With its elegantly exaggerated silhouette and inky leather upholstery, Smoke is a phenomenon, a metaphorical Phoenix reborn from ashes.
- 40.9" h x 29.5" w x 31.5" d (104x75x80cm)
- Seat height: 15.7" (40cm)
Burnt wood, foam, 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.