Muuto’s Scandinavian designs are recognized for their aesthetics, functionality, craftsmanship, and expression. Rooted in tradition, the brand also continues to expand their offerings with fresh ambition and perspectives as they push forward. Spring 2023 newcomers that are soon to be released include thoughtful product collaborations with Normal Studio, Sylvain Willenz, and Johan van Hengel. The Wrap Lounge Chair, Couple Coffee Table, and Ease Portable Lamp bring with them clean lines and small details that will long be appreciated.
“Designing the Wrap Lounge Chair, we had the image of a lounge chair with a soft blanket simply draped around its ample silhouette in mind, playing with models and prototypes to find a fluid way of incarnating this idea,” said Paris-based Normal Studio of the design. “We were driven by the idea of creating a really snug chair with an enveloping feel and generous proportions that don’t feel chunky. A highly comfortable lounge chair with lots of personality.”
With a duvet-like covering that wraps around the shell, there’s no other word that comes to mind aside from comfort. The loose-fitting upholstery required extensive research and development, taken on by both Muuto and Normal Studio to solve. A light steel frame takes away from this perceived bulk by adding support that’s visually light for a sculptural aesthetic that balances intention and happenstance. There are no rules on how to use the Wrap Lounge Chair, sit or lay on its generous shape however you wish to read, relax, and more.
Inspired by the traditional tile table, “The Couple Coffee Table was born out of my research into this traditional and essential piece of furniture,” said designer Sylvain Willenz. “I wanted to come up with a new yet subtle take on its materials and typology. I was inspired by the materiality of fired earth-like brick and terracotta, finding that a beautiful synergy occurs when it is combined with wood.”
Bringing together FSC-certified wood and tactile ceramic stone, a hard, dense clay that can be compared to Bone China. You have the option of two table top tiles: a plain surface and a sculptural wave. Choose one or the other, or mix them for a truly tactile piece. The Couple Coffee Table is available in three sizes, from a small one-tile to the large coffee table.
The Brussels-based furniture, lighting, and product designer went on to say, “Thanks to these materials, their finishes, and fine design details, Couple Coffee Table subtly merges a familiar piece of furniture with forward-thinking features.”
The Ease Portable Lamp, created in collaboration with Dutch designer Johan van Hengel, transforms the traditional table lamp into one that’s sized to go wherever you do. It has a small footprint, yet gives off a lot of light by using a high-quality, dimmable, no-glare illumination that features three levels.
“I wanted the Ease Portable Lamp to have a remarkable quality of light, striking a versatile balance between atmospheric and functional light – after all, that is the wonderful thing about a portable lamp – you can bring a distinct ambience to literally anywhere,” shared van Hengel. “I landed on the idea of the top and bottom gently touching, softly meeting each other… This feature allows a large surface to emit light, while the flared bottom firmly stabilizes it.” The lamp’s barely flared bottom makes the base easier to grab hold of, while adding even more character.
The Ease Portable Lamp can be used in many spaces, in many ways: the bedside, a reading nook, home office, on a restaurant table, in a co-working space, or within a library.
To learn more about Muuto’s new spring 2023 releases, visit muuto.com.