In Australia earlier this year to take part in a series of insider business talks hosted by Space Furniture, Moooi CEO and co-founder Casper Vissers revealed the inner workings of the company he founded with Marcel Wanders in 2001.
"Many years ago I saw a professor of business on TV", remarks Casper Vissers. "The interviewer asked him the secret behind a successful business. He said: 'We have generally speaking two types of professional behaviour. People who think a lot and never do and people who do a lot and never think'. His advice was to do both and you will have a good chance to succeed. This statement is very true but probably needs a third layer. You should think, do and create some turbulence for attention. How many people are sleeping in a plane with heavy turbulence? At Moooi we have a great desire to explore the undiscovered. If the majority goes right, we will investigate seriously all options on the left. To wrap up Moooi in two words, I would say. 'why not'."
Design is not only about creating physical things, thinking like a designer can transform the way a business works and It is at the core of some of the world's most successful companies. Launched in 2001, Dutch furniture house Moooi is well known for its unique approach to business and the successful balance of design brain, Marcel Wanders, and business brain, Casper Vissers.
Visiting Australia for the second time, Vissers' trip coincided with the Space+Moooi 2014 Design Residency that follows the success of the program's launch in 2010. This year Australian designer Tom Fereday spent two-months inside the Moooi headquarters in Breda, the Netherlands, under the guidance of both Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers.
Here, Casper Vissers speaks with Artichoke magazine about business innovation and learnings from inside Moooi.
Designer Rick Tegelaar is fascinated by materials, especially the ones he describes as ‘undervalued’. His Meshmatics Chandelier for Moooi takes its form from the simple beauty of chicken wire mesh, developed in a unique process he designed in his Arnhem studio in The Netherlands.
Along with Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, Marcel Wanders has been recognised by Interior Design Magazine in New York for his achievements in design, joining the magazine’s 34th Hall of Fame.
Designer Arihiro Miyake is on the go. With a studio in Helsinki, any given week might also find Miyake in Amsterdam with Moooi, in Milan visitng the many collaborators and manufacterurs he works with, or in Japan working on a new interior. more space caught up with the designer to find out more…
For the launch of their Museum of Extinct Animals show in Milan, Moooi searched museum archives to find drawings and stories of some of the extraordinary animals the world has lost, bringing them back into focus through the new Extinct Animals collection.
Milan Design Week is over for another year and the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, installations, parties, talks and exhibitions have delivered. With the help of the Space team, more space has gathered together a list of our top 18 in 2018 – a roll call of our favourite chairs, tables, armchairs, beds, sofas and lights by some of the most exciting designers and manufacturers on show.
On the bustling streets of Milan where the design world has arrived for seven days of festivities, more space visits Moooi, Cassina, B&B Italia, Giorgetti and SP01 to see new designs and exhibitions and survey the installations around the city that are drawing crowds and feeding Instagram. Here is our snapshot from day one of the fair.
Following the success of the Space x Moooi Design Residency program, the newest design collaboration between Space and Moooi has unveiled a special edition carpet designed by acclaimed chef André Chiang – a design project that intimately traces the culinary history of Restaurant André one of the world’s top restaurants.
We meet Spanish designer Jaime Hayon whose ideas across art and design are big and colourful, always fun, and in recent years have included a large green chicken, a giant porcelain doll, and a zebra-striped polar bear wearing a gold top hat.
In the final episode of ‘A Life Individual’ we are immersed into the creative worlds of music and design. Join us as we visit Gillianne and Allan Griffiths at their beautiful home on the Mornington Peninsula.
Under the neon lights of "A Life Individual”, white lab coats, an inflatable dinosaur, and furniture by the world’s best brands, transformed the Space installation with humour and style wrapped up in a series of graphic b&w screens, a technique made famous by design radicals Archizoom that set the scene for the perfect Instagram vignette.