Aiming for "design without eccentricity," Muuto's Fiber Chair from Copenhagen-based design duo Iskos-Berlin takes to a number of variations—here with a swivel base that's especially suited to a desk or table. Priorities were clear: seating with a strong identity, adaptable to many interiors and, most importantly, exhibiting a "clear sculptural language that refuses to compromise on comfort." Reworking the classic molded shell chair—with back, seat and armrests all in one—was the preferred route. Made in an innovative composite of plastic and wood fibers, the material has a textured matte surface and soft inviting touch.
30" h x 20" w x 22.75" d (76.5x51x58cm)
Seat: 18" h x 16.5" w x 15.75" d (46x42x40cm)
Armrest: 26.75" h x 10.5" d (68x27cm)
Shell: wood/plastic composition with 25% wood fibers + 70% PP (polyproplen) + 5% coloured PP
Base: powder coated steel
Product also available in a tube, sled, and wood base options
Product also available with return or castors
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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 recently acquired by legendary brand Knoll (though it will continue to be run independently with the company's headquarters remaining 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."
“One of the biggest challenges for a designer,” notes Boris Berlin of Iskos-Berlin, “is to create quiet objects that don’t intrude with their egocentricity, don’t compete with the surroundings or the architecture, but still carry a strong identity and are easy to recognize and remember.” With design partner Aleksej Iskos, the duo’s Copenhagen-based studio has gained international renown for its furniture, industrial and graphic design. Leningrad-born, Boris previously founded much-lauded Komplot Design, where Ukraine native Aleksej was employed as a longtime assistant. Collaborating with some of the world’s most prestigious manufacturers, Iskos-Berlin’s work has been featured in museums around the world and at both MoMA and the Danish Design Museum.
The partners say their aim is for a sharper and more precise take on design with an emphasis on delving into new technologies and materials. Likening their process to the art of storytelling, they admit that the narrative of a product may be complex but, in the end, the clearer the story is, the more likely people are to understand it. As to finding inspiration, Aleksej says it comes from everywhere. “From the beauty of nature in all its shapes, constructions and materials, to industrial processes,” he says. &