Baufrica by Muungano


Stockholm 2010: Swedish designers Muungano are exhibiting a collection of furniture that combines African colours and patterns with the aesthetics of the Bauhaus movement at this year's Stockholm Furniture Fair.

Modular elements made of ash wood, lacquered tubular steel and felt upholstery can be connected in different ways to create chairs, sofas, lamps and tables.

More about Muungano on Dezeen:

Husmus (December 2009)
Little Satans (November 2008)
Library bus (November 2008)

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German functionalism from the nineteen twenties with funk from West-Africa.

The Swedish design studio Muungano has produced a collection of furniture called Baufrica, now shown at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. The studio has for a couple of years worked with projects in or related to parts of Africa. Now we have brought the African colour and pattern tradition and mixed it up with the forms and functionalism of the Bauhaus-school.

The pattern of the lamps are inspired by a lecture with mathematician Ron Eglash, where he talks about how African villages are structured according to fractal number series. The used pattern is based on the so called Sierpinski triangle. With the use of todays low-energy light sources you get an unpleasent white light. This is filtered through the ash-veneer to make it softer and cosier and it is not until you turn on the lamp the pattern apears.

The furniture is based on a modular system in waxed ash and multi-coloured lacqueered tubular steel, and upholstery with grey felt. The different components can be made into an easy-chair, sofa, table or a lamp.

About Muungano:

Muungano is an award-winning designstudio with focus on products for domestic and public space. Muungano consists of designer Peter Thuvander and architect Martin Hedenström. By working with care and empathy in the design process the studio wants to unit idea and function with a direct expression. With insight into the needs of the client and user Muungano guides new products from concept to production. Currently the studio has the whiskey set Rocket for Reijmyre glassworks in production and Husmus, containers for collecting household recycling.

Muungano at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2010, V03:11.

Posted on Friday February 12th 2010 at 11:00 am by Chris Barnes. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • geronimo

    i think we had the same sort of furniture in kindergarden. sorry, but totally not my style…

    i think it looks ok only in the waiting room of an office…. very hard forms! ISO-norms seem to be fulfilled:)))!

  • geronimo

    i dont feel the african funk:(

  • white

    … sorry, I am not ready yet for retrofitted eighties aestehtics … maybe in 20 years from now ;-)

  • angry catalan

    I thought Bauhaus furniture already had African influence originally… as with much modern art from the 20’s. This is kind of OK, though.

    P.S.: the “unpleasant white light” bit is hilarious. I don’t think snore-inducing yellow light is much better, although from the pictures it’s hard to tell what kind of light the lamp produces…

  • Victor

    I really like the combination of materials and the lamp looks interesting.

  • Tyler

    In American pediatrics offices, they have these toys for kids where you push little shapes around on a colored 3d wire maze… …any of you Americans with kids will know what I’m talking about… …it looks like they transformed the toys in the waiting room into the furniture!

  • peeween

    very strange stuff.. especially the pallets underneath the steal tubes, easier to transport?! never seen such a strange design..

  • beso

    apart from pediatricians, who would use it?

  • MrCoolTeapot

    Down the street is a children’s hospital. In the waiting room they have this style of furniture. Its safe and non-injurious, no hard corners kind of thing, but high design/new?

    For some reason I don’t see Marcel Bruer appreciating this adaptation of his design.

    It seems more a rip on de Styjle and not so much Bauhaus.

  • ads

    Rigid lack fluidity…. remove the metal armrest and back rest you will have a great design. Always remember the rule ” Addition by subraction”

  • JohnAllan

    Very enjoyable and useful! The Rietveldish colour accents give exactly the right edge to smooth ash and soft upholstery. The lamps are super – on and off! I would combine them also with furniture from the 50-ies and onwards.

  • How are yellow, red, green and blue African colours ??? What we don’t get them in that combination over here in Europe ??? Common…

  • Sorry, but it looks like a badly touched up Photoshop job.