Airy wields a captivating presence even as it seems to float on its thin-line frame. Young Danish designer Cecilie Manz sees it as "a coffee table that did not scream but still was not afraid to speak." A powder-coated steel framework topped by polished plywood in laminate or a natural Oregon pine finish, it's a multipurpose choice for both home and work settings. That fits right in with the forward-thinking culture of Danish maker Muuto, which takes its very name from the Finnish word for "new perspective."
14.75" h x 17.25" l x 15.5" w (37.2x44x39.5cm)
Frame: Powder-coated solid steel
Care: Clean with a cloth wet with warm or hot water and a mild detergent or soap. Never use strong chemicals.
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."