Founded by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders in 2001, the Moooi brand, known for its innovation and spirited, unconventional approach to design, can now be found exclusively at Weylandts stores around SA. Among an exuberant collection of furniture, lighting and accessories, Wanders’ iconic creations feature alongside those by luminaries like Jaime Hayon, Maarten Baas, Studio Job, Piet Boon, Danny Fang and Scholten & Baijings. Bertjan Pot’s Random and Non-Random lights are a familiar sight in many a contemporary home, as are Raimond Puts’s Raimond lights and Ron Gilad’s Dear Ingo chandelier. Front’s playful Horse lamp and Pig table are pieces that have become almost synonymous with Moooi’s representation of ‘a life extraordinary’.
Moooi CEO Robin Bevers believes the brand’s wellsuited to SA’s sophisticated city-dwellers, with certain products – like Wanders’ Delft Blue plate and Eden Queen carpets, which touch on elements of Dutch heritage – having a particular resonance. ‘A real Moooi piece uses metaphors from the past in a future-forward, post-modern way that has appeal across generations,’ he says. On the importance of a sustainability-led approach to design, he says: ‘One of our goals is to make things that people love and which they won’t get tired of.’ The quality is such that they’re made to last. ‘That’s why you won’t see trends at Moooi and you won’t see us following directions or hype. The more on-trend something is, the more dated it will be very soon. Our maxim is: make pieces which people love so much that they never want to part with them again.’
A selection of signature lighting, furniture, carpets and accessories will be available in the Green Point, Fourways, Kramerville, Umhlanga and Sandton City stores, while the full Moooi range can be ordered through Weylandts. moooi.com, weylandts.co.za