meet muuto

Inspired by the Finnish word muutos, means new perspective, Muuto is a brand that is offering something fresh in the form of products. They have a simple, single premise — they "handpick the brightest design talent in Scandinavia and give them the freedom to express their individual story through everyday objects. Some want to alter the world, others find passion in colour and shape and others still, draw deeply from personal experience. How do they see a vase, a lamp or any other everyday product?"

To many of us, Scandinavian design already signifies style and sensibility. with Muuto, we are seeing a new wave of talent reach our doorstep, or desk, or wall. Muuto is available at Flea & Cents and in stores around the world.

fly me to the moon

I find this bench super interesting as the balloon looks so real, and imagine just sitting there enjoying your favorite read with a Mojito in hand in Summer! "This is bench was visually inspired by the feeling of floating that the main character felt in the French movie, “Le Ballon Rouge”(1953).  In reality the bench is suspended from the ceiling by 4 anchors concealed by the balloon shapes. This creates the illusion of the bench being lifted by balloons."  Japanese really know how to bring dream to live, you can tell from the amazing animation and products they design. This dreamy bench is brought to you by h220430.

Via DWELL, Asia Volume 1

odin chair

The Odin Chair, a project commissioned by Eight for boutique developer client Odin Property, has won Gold in the New Zealand Best Design Awards organised by The Designers Institute of New Zealand. Eight, who also designed the brand strategy, identity and communications for Odin Property, chose to engage acclaimed New Zealand designer Jamie McLellan to design the chair to enrich the living spaces of Odin's growing portfolio of mountain resort properties in Niseko, Japan.

"The brief was to draw from the pillars of the brand, and to fuse the simplicity of Scandinavian design with the aesthetic sensitivity of Japanese culture,” says McLellan. “I must say I am very pleased with the outcome, I always favour pure and essential silhouettes and an honest use of materials." The New Zealand Best Design Awards is an annual showcase of excellence in graphic, spatial, product and interactive design.

Odin Property is a boutique developer of high-end mountain resort properties in Japan. Situated in the heart of the village of Niseko, in snow-rich Hokkaido, their growing portfolio includes residential, hospitality and retail properties. With a unique emphasis on natural luxury, their vision is to achieve the highest standards for architectural design, impeccable interior design and environmental responsibility.