Munch Museum household furniture by Vestre delivers color and ease and comfort

Munch Museum’s furnishings is impressed by the artist’s colors

Sustainability-focused Norwegian furnishings company Vestre has created household furniture created by Andreas Engesvik and Jonas Stokke for the new Munch Museum in Oslo

Norwegian furniture business Vestre and designers Andreas Engesvik and Jonas Stokke have designed furniture for the Munchmuseet, or Munch Museum, in Oslo, opened in Oct 2021 and built by Spanish architecture organization Estudio Herreros. Dubbed ‘The Munch Series’, the Munch Museum furnishings selection comprises chairs and tables utilised for the café, as properly as sofas, benches, and lounge chairs utilized all over the space.

Seating at the Munch Museum

Sofa displayed in entrance of Edvard Munch’s Moonlight (1895)

‘Even if it is a museum, items do not have to be uncomfortable,’ claims Stokke. ‘You can quickly draw some slender flat wooden benches with skinny leather cushions. But we preferred guests to be equipped to just take a break and definitely rest. And then you are going to require ergonomics in the back again and a formed seat.’ 

Developed in collaboration with Engesvik (the two designers, as well as Vestre, gained a public competition to style and design the series in 2017), the home furniture pieces feature levels of metal mesh organized over steel frames and moulded cushions produced of wool textile. The supplies ended up preferred to complement the style: the frame’s bodyweight aids keep security, the steel mesh was preferred for optimum ergonomics, and the cushions give a tactile come to feel to attain ease and comfort and heat. 

Chair shown in entrance of Edvard Munch’s Check out from Nordstrand (1900–1901)

‘The museum is also crafted so that you can shift upwards, right to a specific section, with no likely through all the halls,’ continues Stokke. ‘We preferred to make space for a split just where by the readers come out of a person section and are on their way to transfer on to the next 1.’

The colour palette was a different significant component to look at the designers analysed hundreds of Munch’s paintings and labored closely with Norwegian paint maker Jotun to create bespoke shades for the home furnishings. The ensuing 3 colours, dusty pink, ochre yellow and darkish blue, are dubbed ‘Skin’, ‘Hair’, and ‘Night’, and reflect the layout duo’s personalized interpretations of the artwork on exhibit. 

Chairs and table for the café at the Munch Museum

Like all Vestre products and solutions, the Munch Museum furnishings is built to past: all aspects have been welded collectively, galvanized, and varnished, building the pieces extremely long lasting and appropriate as both indoor and out of doors home furniture. Every piece was produced so that even if its color fades just after a couple decades, it will be quick to sandblast it and repaint it. ‘The museum will draw in people from all around the entire world: it is a excellent arena to market what we connect with day-to-day democracy, meeting destinations in which people can come together and share ideas, everyday living encounters, and trade concepts,’ claims Thomas Sund, Vestre’s vice CEO.

‘When something is seriously great and of higher top quality, it becomes universal,’ adds Engesvik. ‘The layout is pretty fundamental, it has no insider secrets. If men and women realize what they see, they really feel safe and sound.’ §