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by Grace Bonney

For this third post I chose a Finnish design company called Muuto. The reason why I love Muuto is because they represent all of my favorite designers, and always give the designers the freedom they need to make the very best and most stylish products. The lines are simple, the materials are of the highest quality, and functionality is always equal to beauty.
Together with today’s best Scandinavian designers, this young but already internationally successful Nordic design company has taken on a mission of bringing back Scandinavia to the position as the world ́s leading region of design by adding new perspectives to the Scandinavian design history. That is why they chose the name Muuto – inspired by the Finnish word ”Muutos”, meaning change or new perspective.

Muuto is firmly rooted in Scandinavian design, hand-picking designers from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark, and giving them the freedom to express their personal design philosophy when designing everyday products for the home.

The shelf system Stacked by Julien De Smedt is a series of three different sized boxes in white or pine that can be combined into any shape, for any storage needs. The system comes with metal clips for added stability so you can place the boxes in a way that defies the center of gravity, but still have a steady bookcase.

E 27 by Mattias Ståhlbom departs from the essence of a lamp – the socket – creating a simple yet strong object that celebrates the potential beauty in simplicity. Made of rubber, this pendant lamp comes in eight different colours, each giving it a very different expression. The black one looks very minimalistic, it is almost invisible, but the bright yellow lamp stands out, almost shouting – Look at me!

The designers Tveit & Tornøe words on The Dots were so cute I had to include them here: “This characteristic little family of hooks is a friendly addition to any wall. The Dots are proud of their round edges and will treat your clothes with the greatest care. They will also let you arrange them on your wall in the pattern you like. Being a very social set of hooks, The Dots love to welcome other Dots to join them on the wall. The only thing The Dots demand from you is that you uncover them every now and then and admire their shape and material.”

TAF is a Stockholm-based architecture and design studio consisting of Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom. “The all-wood design is a low-tech antidote to the usually very modern work desk lamps. All the details are pragmatically chosen with every screw visible. The wooden lamp gets lots of personality with the most simple methods.”

I’m not sure how big the Moomin characters are outside of Scandinavia, but this pendant lamp by Norway Says, called Mhy, is actually the hairdo of the tiny and always very angry Little My! To me, remembering these adorable characters from my childhood, this makes the lamp totally hilarious, but also gives it an edgy attitude.

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