Dezeen has teamed up with Danish furniture brand Muuto for our latest competition, which offers readers the chance to make and win their own customised Fiber chair.
The Fiber chair family is designed by Iskos-Berlin for Muuto and was originally launched in 2015. Its injection-moulded wood-fibre shell is recyclable and is a new perspective on the classic shell chair due to its soft, matt finish due to the wood fibers.
By entering into our latest competition, one lucky reader will win a Fiber chair in the colour and finish of their choice.
Created by Copenhagen designers Aleksej Iskos and Boris Berlin, the Fiber chair takes the form of the classic shell chair, but reimagines it in a recyclable composite of plastic and up to 25 per cent wood fibres.
Although invisible to the eye from afar, the details of the wood fibres are revealed when viewing the design up-close and the material has a distinctive and pleasantly soft, matt feel.
The chair has a simple and sculptural form. Its slender profile takes up little space in the room, yet its seat still feels generous.
"Rather than making a chair that had a loud and interrupting expression, we wanted to perfect the design in a subtle way, ticking off the boxes of shape, comfort, materials, and aesthetic," said Iskos-Berlin of the design.
To support circularity, the Fiber chair can be disassembled at the end of its life, with its shell and base recycled separately. The shell is recyclable and can be used in the production of new Fiber chair shells.
Today, the Fiber chair family includes many different typologies, including armchairs, side chairs, bar and counter stools, stools and lounge chairs in a wide range of bases, finishes, colours, and upholsteries.
To navigate the different options, Muuto introduced a Fiber chair configurator that allows customers to visualise all of the possibilities available to them and tailor the design to suit their own individual tastes and space.
Competition closes on 10 October 2021. Terms and conditions apply. One winner will be selected at random and notified by email.
At this point, the winner will be able to configure their chair. To do this, they will need to:
1. Create their Fiber chair using the configurator at professionals.muuto.com
2. Take a screenshot that includes both the configuration and the right-hand panel that details the specific colours and finishes.
3. Save the screenshot and email it back to us
This competition is a partnership between Dezeen and Muuto. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.
Designers including Patricia Urquiola, Jaime Hayon and Marcel Wanders have created metal candle holders for a project to raise funds for cancer research, which is currently on show at Milan design week.
Urquiola, Hayon, Michele de Lucchi, Philippe Malouin, Luca Nichetto and Matteo Thun designed one piece each for the A Flame for Research charity project.
Panter & Tourron, Marcel Wanders Studio, Federica Biasi and Alberto and Francesco Meda also took part in the project, which was initiated by Daniele Mingardo.
Mingardo, who founded the Mingardo metal design brand in 2013, worked together with curator Federica Sala and Mingardo art director Federica Biasi to get the 10 contemporary product and industrial designers involved.
The finished works include a sculpture-like candelabra by Hayon and a design by Wanders that combines an electric light with a candleholder.
The pieces will be auctioned off at Christie's with profits going to Italy's Mario Negri Pharmacological Research Institute, which is dedicated to clinical and biomedical research.
Mingardo launched A Flame for Research to help support cancer research after his mother passed away from the disease.
He wanted to work with well-known names to ensure there was as much interest in the A Flame for Research project as possible and help raise as much money for it as he could.
"We thought if the names were bigger it would be more appealing and interesting for collectors to buy," curator Sala told Dezeen.
"We also chose these designers because apart from Philippe Malouin, who had already done collaborations with galleries and created special collections, all the others – more or less – are furniture and industrial designers, so there aren't a lot of unique pieces made by them in existence."
The designers were given a free hand to come up with any candleholder design they wanted. These were then created in the Mingardo blacksmith workshop, which was founded by Mingardo's father in 1970.
As the pieces were produced during the coronavirus pandemic, it was a time-consuming process, in which the designers sent sketches that Mingardo turned into prototypes before sending them back for the designers to check.
It also created a challenge for Mingardo, as some of the designs were unlike anything his workshop had produced before.
"Daniele actually learned a lot of new techniques for the pieces he had to produce; for example for Marcel Wanders' copper candleholder – he had to buy a new machine and learn how to use it," Sala said.
"The texture is like dusted ceramic and you need a special machine for that."
The only parameters given to the designers were the size of the pieces and that they had to be all made from metal, rather than a combination of metal and other materials. The resulting designs drew on a wide range of inspirations.
While Malouin's large bright-green double candleholder references the chimneys and industrial towers of suburban London, Nichetto created a shielded holder shaped like the "edicole" wayside alcoves that function as shrines in Italy.
Thun's circular candleholder also has a religious significance.
"Matteo wanted to dedicate this flame to Saint Agatha [the city saint for Catania, Sicily]," Benedetto Fasciana, who works on special handcrafted projects at Matteo Thun, told Dezeen.
"The metal is brass, with an engraved brise-soleil finishing to represent the sun," he added. "The holder is very minimal – we wanted to represent the typical Saint Agatha candles, which can be as tall as one meter. We also used Sicilian candles in the holder."
The 10 designs are currently on show as part of Milan design week and will be auctioned off at Christie's Italia on 15 September.
Mingardo hopes the sales can help other people who have been affected by cancer.
"To empower research is to have a sign of hope for everybody – if you support research, you can support hope," Mingardo told Dezeen.
"I hoped that this experience that was really bad for me could turn into something positive for someone else."
Other projects on show at this year's edition of Milan design week include pieces by emerging Italian designers created in response to Rick Owens' work and a power-cut resilient portable incubator.
Photography is by Matteo Imbriani.
A Flame for Research will be on display at Offstage Milano until 10 September as part of Milan design week. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.