From Moooi’s now-iconic Smoke series, a dining armchair is reborn from the ashes just like the mythological Phoenix. Gaining its haunting beauty in a very unusual way, the beauty and random character of burned wood means each chair is unique. Designer Maarten Baas interprets his fascination with fire in a breathtaking result as timeless the element itself.
- With Arms: 41.7" h x 23.6" w x 24.8" d (106x60x63cm)
- Seat height: 19.3" (49cm)
- Without Arms: 41.7" h x 18.9" w x 22.4" d (106x48x57cm)
- Seat height: 20.1" (51cm)
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.