The furniture of the Munch museum is inspired by the artist’s colors
Norwegian sustainability-focused furniture company Vestre created furniture designed by Andreas Engesvik and Jonas Stokke for the new Munch Museum in Oslo
Norwegian furniture company Vestre and designers Andreas Engesvik and Jonas Stokke created furniture for the Munchmuseet, or Munch Museum, in Oslo, opened in October 2021 and designed by Spanish architectural firm Estudio Herreros. Dubbed “the Munch Series,” the Munch Museum’s furniture collection includes chairs and tables used for coffee, as well as sofas, benches, and lounge chairs used throughout the space.
Seating at the Munch Museum
Sofa on display in front of Edvard Munch’s Moonlight (1895)
âEven though it’s a museum, things don’t have to be uncomfortable,â says Stokke. âYou can quickly design flat narrow wooden benches with thin leather cushions. But we wanted visitors to be able to take a break and really rest. And then you are going to need ergonomics in terms of the backrest and a contoured seat. ‘
Designed in collaboration with Engesvik (the two designers, along with Vestre, won a public competition to design the series in 2017), the furniture features layers of steel trellis arranged on steel frames and molded woolen textile cushions. . The materials were chosen to complement the design: the weight of the frame helps maintain stability, the steel mesh was chosen for maximum ergonomics and the cushions provide a tactile sensation to achieve comfort and warmth.
Chair on display in front of Edvard Munch’s View from Nordstrand (1900-1901)
âThe museum is also built so that one can go up, directly in a special department, without going through all the roomsâ, continues Stokke. “We wanted to make room for a break exactly where visitors exit one department and are on their way to the next.”
Another important element to consider was the color scheme; the designers analyzed hundreds of Munch’s paints and worked closely with Norwegian paint maker Jotun to create bespoke shades for the furniture. The resulting three colors, dusty pink, ocher yellow and dark blue, are nicknamed “Skin,” “Hair,” and “Night,” and reflect the designer duo’s personal interpretations of the art on display.
Chairs and table for the Munch museum cafe
Like all Vestre products, the furniture at the Munch Museum is made to last: all the elements have been welded together, galvanized and varnished, which makes the pieces extremely durable and suitable as indoor and outdoor furniture. Each piece has been made in such a way that even if its color fades after a few decades, it will be easy to sand and repaint. “The museum will attract people from all over the world: it is a perfect arena to promote what we call democracy in everyday life, meeting places where people can come together and share thoughts, life experiences and exchange ideas. “said Thomas Sund, vice president of Vestre. CEO.
âWhen something is really good and of high quality, it becomes universal,â adds Engesvik. âThe design is very basic, it has no secrets. If people understand what they are seeing, they feel safe. Â§