Design duo Iskos-Berlin ennoble this stool from their signature Fiber series with a silk-like leather overlay. Created for Copenhagen-based Muuto, the molded seat is inspired by the classic shell chair and given a timely update in an innovative plastic composite made with 25 percent wood fibers. Wood base crafted from solid oak, wet-lacquered in black to match black leather upholstery or in natural to harmonize with the cognac leather option.
- 18" h x 17.75" w x 14" d (46x45x35.5cm)
- Seat height: 17.75" (45cm)
Fabric or leather upholstery, wood/plastic composition with 25% wood fibers, solid oak
- Upholstery Group:
- Steelcut Trio
- Divina MD
- Divina Melange
- Faux Leather
- Endure Leather
- Easy Leather
- Refine Leather
- Forest Nap
- Twill Weave
- Knoll Hopsack
- Stretch Appeal
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."
“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. &