Johan Van Hengel is a Dutch designer who founded his own studio in 2013 to Rotterdam. With an education in industrial design, Van Hengel's work ranges from consumer electronics to lightning and furniture design, such as the Folded shelf and the new EASE portable lamp, for Muuto and the 30degree lamp for Hay. His design philosophy is based on a logical and investigative approach with love for sophisticated functionality and subtle elements of surprise.
Rooted in the Scandinavian design tradition Muuto represents the New Nordic Design movement with an honest expression, enduring aesthetics and respect for craftmanship and functionality. These characteristics have been embedded into the entire Muuto collection comprised of furniture, lighting and accessories. Including individual products such as Muuto chairs, sofas and tables. By expanding this heritage with forward looking materials, techniques and bold creative thinking, their ambition is to deliver a new perspective on Scandinavian design. The name Muuto comes from the Finnish word muutos, meaning new perspective. They handpick leading contemporary designers who are strong interpreters of their philosophy and then combine their talent and skills with the passionate Muuto creative team.