Solo or in a group (mix with the larger version, also at A+R), the sturdy Around Coffee Table strikes a balance between the honesty of Scandinavian design tradition and a charmingly modern flair. The distinct silhouette is realized by specific material application: the frame edge is ash plywood; tabletop made from plywood and legs are solid ash. Designer Thomas Bentzen sought a style that was both friendly and graceful; we'll add joyful to the mix with the addition of the pop of yellow available as an option.
A former designer at the celebrated Louise Campell Studio, Thomas set out on his own in 2010 as well as co-founded the design collective Remove. He realized thee Around Coffee Duo for Danish brand Muuto.
18" h x 17" dia (45.7x43.2cm)
Solid ash, ash plywood
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."