United by a shared commitment to design, Muuto and Maharam are partnering for the first time on a special collection of furniture. While founded more than a century apart, Maharam and Muuto are driven to deliver new perspectives while embracing their design heritage. A focus on utility and longevity underlies both companies’ approaches to product development, as does a desire to design for all without compromise.
These values are reflected in the Muuto Maharam collection, which includes seven pieces of Muuto’s furniture, designs that bring new perspectives to Scandinavian design, reimagined through the application of Maharam textiles and leathers. The Outline Sofa, Oslo Sofa, Cover Chair, Fiber Arm- and Side Chairs, Visu Lounge Chair and Five Pouf are all included in the collection.
NORTH AMERICA'S LEADING TEXTILE CREATOR Founded in 1902, Maharam is North America's leading creator of textiles for commercial and residential interiors. Recognized for its rigorous and holistic commitment to design, Maharam embraces a range of disciplines from product, graphic and digital design to art and architecture. Maharam textiles are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among others.
NEW PERSPECTIVES ON SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN Muuto is rooted in the Scandinavian design tradition characterized by enduring aesthetics, functionality, craftsmanship and an honest expression. By expanding this heritage with forward-looking materials, techniques and bold creative thinking, our ambition is to deliver new perspectives on Scandinavian design. In fact our name, Muuto, comes from muutos, meaning new perspective in Finnish. We handpick leading contemporary designers who are strong interpreters of our philosophy and combine their talents with the passionate Muuto creative team to create objects made sublime through new perspectives, enjoyed across the world, representing the best of Scandinavian design today.
The Cover chair by Thomas Bentzen is a modern reinterpretation of the classic wooden armchair. The clever design lets thin form-pressed plywood covers work as comfortable armrests while simultaneously ensuring the chair’s stability.
Newly designed by Scholten & Baijings in collaboration with Maharam, Tracery’s seemingly solid surface reveals a finely quilted diamond structure upon closer inspection. Hign-seen yams add subtle reflectivity to this small-scale texture.
The Fiber armchair by Iskos-Berlin was designed to balance maximum comfort and minimum space, combined with a sustainable approach: The chair’s shell is based on an innovative bio-composite material that includes up to 25% wood fibers.
Part of Maharam’s inaugural collection of leather, Steep is one of eight qualities celebrating the inherent beauty of leather returned to a more natural state. Italian in origin, Steep is immersed in transparent dyes that yield deep saturation without obscuring the original grain. Light-and-dark areas emerge in concert with creased, pebbled, and smooth expanses.
The Fiber side chair by Iskos-Berlin is made from the same innovative bio-composite material as the armchair. With its open form and visually light expression it provides great freedom of movement for the user.
Like Mode, Messenger is a modern texture by the Maharam Design Studio. Offering simple but sophisticated utility, Messenger is woven of 78% post-industrial recycled polyester.
A rare example of an elegant lounge sofa, the Outline sofa by Anderssen & Voll contrasts spacious volume and comfort while still appearing light, delicate and sophisticated.
Like Steep, Loam in Nightfall is part of Maharam’s inaugural leather collection. An Italian nubuck, its surface has been lightly sanded and waxed. A palette of dusky colorations was devised by the Maharam Design Studio to complement Loam's smooth, velvety surface.
The Oslo sofa by Anderssen & Voll combines a light and modern design with an ergonomically focused lounging experience. The sofa has a round and welcoming back- rest, and the seat is elevated by slim powder-coated aluminum legs, giving the Oslo its elegant and airy appearance.
A classic hopsack weave, Mode exemplifies Maharam’s commitment to providing products with superior aesthetic and performance characteristics at all price points. Offering the look and feel of wool, Mode is woven of 80% post-consumer recycled polyester.
The Five pouf by Anderssen & Voll evokes neatly ploughed fields with tailored strips set across a soft pentagon shape. Careful detailing and the use of quilted material create a harmonizing combination of a linear profile and gently curved edges.
Pare is exceptional as the first collaboratively designed, solid Maharam textile. Scholten & Baijings developed a unique and original palette by hand-painting strips of canvas, which the textile was then dyed to match. Woven primarily of wool, Pare offers a faintly gridded, pointillist surface.
Ergonomic and functional, the Visu lounge chair by Mika Tolvanen has a timeless and recognizable profile. The details and shape of its wooden legs create an illusion of the chair elegantly floating over the floor.
Part of an ongoing series of innovative, nonwoven textiles designed by Konstantin Grcic in collaboration with Maharam, Lift is an engineered spacer knit. With athletic, molecular, and technical references, its sporty pattern of ovals coalesces into expansive, vertical stripes.