Here's a study in plane geometry that's anything but plain. TAF Architects says the goal for designs such as the 70/70 Table for Danish house Muuto is to show how "everyday objects by their very commonness can be made uncommon." Consider the pleasing juxtaposition of the sleek cast aluminum frame with the unpretentious plywood tabletop, finished with either a clear laminate or linoleum surface and angled inside the frame and at the table base. Observe the airy silhouette that belies its sturdy form. Note that this table, available in both a smaller or larger size, can serve multiple functions from dining table to home office. Conclude that TAF, the Stockholm-based design and architecture studio, seems to have all the angles covered.
- Small: 28.75" h x 67" l x 33.5" w (73x170x85cm)
- Large: 28.75" h x 88.5" l x 35.5" w (73x225x90cm)
- Extra Large: 28.75" h x 100.25" l x 42.5" w (73x255x108cm)
- XX Large: 28.75" h x 116" l x 42.5" w (73x295x108cm)
Alumminum, plywood, linoleum or laminate
Black and Grey include linoleum finish.
White and Light Green include laminate finish.
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."
"TAF’s aim is to make ordinary life less ordinary through subtle but effective changes in how products and architecture appear and function,” say Mattias Ståhlbom and Gabriella Gustafson. The designer duo founded the Stockholm-based TAF Architects studio to breathe new life into everyday—and ultimately necessary—tools for living.
With a range from lighting to furniture design to custom projects, TAF’s work has been exhibited at MoMA in New York and the Swedish National Museum in Stockholm. What unites the diverse offerings is a unifying and innovative approach to find the tipping point where, as they say, “everyday objects by their very commonness can be made uncommon.”