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Meet TAF Architects
In celebration of Muuto’s 10th birthday, we got talking to TAF architects, the designers of the beautifully handcrafted Muuto Ambit Pendant Light. Read about their approach to minimalism, their influences, and find out how you can win one of their stylish lights...
What are the similarities between the design philosophy of TAF Architects and Muuto?
We think we are both very interested in a project’s accessibility, especially when it comes to an easy way to understand the objects we are working on. We want our projects to communicate their own purpose and find a meaning in a more and more complex world of manufacture. We very much enjoy our collaboration and discussions.
How and why was TAF Architects conceived?
We (Gabriella Gustafson & Mattias Ståhlbom) went to the same design school. Konstfack College of Arts Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Our collaboration began from there, doing competitions and small assignments.
Can you explain how the Ambit Pendant Light is made?
Using simple materials and simple techniques is something that we have done from the very beginning. The Ambit lamp is made from old brazier traditions, press spun by hand, polished and finally hand-painted. The technique is very traditional, but we also wanted to focus on something new. We found that honing in on the actual shape of the design and its expression was very interesting.
You describe yourselves as the ‘hotbed of the everyday’, with designs that can be integrated into society on all levels. How do you think your architecture and products reflect this?
We hope that our straightforward and pragmatic approach to our designs is something that makes them suited to everyday use and for everyone. We are very much interested in sociological phenomena and behaviour that unites us. We discuss this a lot but we do not know if it is visible in the end results.
Is the history of Scandinavian design and modernism important to your work?
It’s hard to say. In some ways, we are interested in our immediate surroundings and environment, and we try to find the big ideas from ‘little’ and ordinary things. However, we live in Scandinavia and the heritage of modernism. But we also find inspiration from other fields and contexts.
You have a portfolio of both architecture and products. As architects, how important is product design? How does it relate to architecture?
We use pretty much the same method in each project and in different scales. We always try to achieve our very best work from the lowest means, as making our products and architectural designs relatable is of the utmost importance to us.
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