Thomas Bentzen brings garden furniture indoors with Linear Wood dining table for Muuto
Danish designer Thomas Bentzen has created a dining table and bench series for Muuto, with the same design details as the picnic-bench-inspired furniture he created for the brand's outdoor range.
Launching in Milan this week, the Linear Wood Series looks almost exactly like the outdoor table and bench that the Danish brand launched earlier this year. But instead of being made from folded steel, it is crafted from oak.
The design taps into the ever-growing trend for furniture that unites indoor and outdoor spaces, as homes are increasingly designed to open out onto their gardens.
"We find that the lines between indoor and outdoor furniture are becoming more and more intermeshed," explained Muuto design director Christian Grosen.
"We actually began work simultaneously on both the Linear Steel Series for outdoor and the Linear Wood Series for indoor once we realised that the understated details, simple expression and refined materiality could be translated into both contexts," he told Dezeen.
"We believe that the typology of the design is relevant for many different environments."
The range consists of a slender table, available in two sizes, and matching benches.
The table comes with a simple veneered oak surface, while the benches look more like traditional picnic seats, with surfaces made from two lengths of wood with a narrow gap in between. Both are are supported on slender frames with cylindrical legs.
The design is intended for use in the home or workplace, as well as in other settings such as hospitals and restaurants.
"The Linear Wood Series was designed from the idea of bringing the warm and friendly sentiment of wood into a timeless, understated shape with its form language inspired by the notion of meetings – the meetings of lines and shapes," explained Bentzen.
"The design is defined by its straight lines for a contemporary yet honest aesthetic through the details of its thinly elegant overhang and half-circular intersecting legs. It is through these subtle elements that the Linear Wood Series translates the values of elegance, longevity and functionality into modern Scandinavian design."
Bentzen is behind a number of Muuto's popular designs, including the Cover chair and the Enfold sideboard.
The brand is presenting the Linear Wood Series in Hall 24 at the Salone del Mobile from 9 to 14 April, as part of Milan design week 2019.
Other new products set to be unveiled include a new version of the Outline Highback Sofa by Anderssen & Voll, featuring an integrated table, the Ambit Wall Lamp by TAF Studio and the Relate Side Table by Big-Game.