Q: Let’s talk about the colorway for the Fiber Chair.
Silke: We chose to reproduce the Fiber Chair in recycled plastic in its original color scheme – Black, Grey, Natural White, Dusty Green and Ochre. These feel at home in a wide range of settings and with different bases we offer. They are very down-to-earth, nothing that goes quite ‘pow!’. Yet they are distinctly Muuto in the choice of shade.
The Dusty Green, for example, is a color both Muuto and our customers have really come to love. It just works across our universe. In a lighter environment, it feels more neutral and calm, while in a darker space it becomes a contrast, a new dimension, something different altogether. We use it across a range of our designs because it just speaks to other materials and objects, even if it’s a relatively bold color.
Trine: Actually, Dusty Green turned out to be one of the most challenging shades to work with. We would get the samples back from our supplier and they were great, but not quite there. With just a tad too much yellow it simply isn’t as sophisticated. It becomes a different reference altogether. We’re talking minute details, but these are the ones that make it all worthwhile – it’s what makes it not indifferent. If it's not just right, what’s the point of using it?
It’s all so unconscious. You do not have to be a color expert to see the difference. Even if the everyman won’t be able to put words to exactly what is wrong with it, they would be able to point out which one feels right.
The black is really more of an Anthracite, with a dustier, warmer feel. The wood fibers in the new material create a stronger, more definite sense of depth. This grain captures the light, accentuating the deep curves of the shell.
Silke: Meanwhile, the Ochre is a result of extensive testing just to nail the right shade – not too warm, not too cold. It ended up on the cooler side, with quite a bit of blue in it.
Ochre should be able to stand on its own, it can be a bold color, while it also easily works with the oak base of the chair. Put it next to a cognac-colored sofa and it sits really well next to it, becoming part of a universe it was kind of not intended for – it starts to mimic nature.
Q: What was the most surprising outcome of the project?
Trine: In the early days of the project, we were told that we should expect to use 50/50 recycled and virgin plastic. I am proud to say we proved them wrong. We were able to replicate the Fiber Chair with minimum of 80% recycled plastic, without compromising on strength and color and tactility.
It really is a great exercise – asking ourselves if we can do what shouldn’t be possible.
*Please note that the designs will be available in North America in spring 2022.