Nature is often a leitmotif for Scandinavian design and one reason why it continues to resonate. In conceiving the Elevated Vase for Danish house Muuto, designer Thomas Bentzen took his cue from a forest glade. "The materials are inspired by the flowers and branches I would put in the vase," he says. "The wood [base] represents the roots in the soil and the glass the airy treetop, as it stands in nature." Of course, it's an altogether sophisticated rendition in mouth-blown glass with a solid ash base from the hand of the acclaimed designer, who started his own studio in 2010 and co-founded the collective Remove. And the Elevated moniker is charmingly twofold as the platformed vase raises an arrangement above a table surface while also, as Bentzen puts it, "doing something exceptional for flowers."
8.75" h x 6.5" dia (21.8x16.8cm)
Mouth-blown glass, solid ash wood
Cleaning: ash wood: clean with a moist cloth if necessary; glass vase: hand wash. Not dishwasher safe.
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."