Munch Bench Collection
Norwegian furniture manufacturer Vestre is renowned for its ambition to use design as a tool for positive change. Now this work is being noticed and accoladed, with Vestre recently been given the prestigious DOGA award for their Munch collection. Designed by Andreas Engesvik and Jonas Stokke, Munch consists of two benches and a stool. The collection was developed in 2017 after Vestre won a national design competition in which the winner was given the prestigious assignment of designing a collection for the new Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo.
The furniture in the Munch collection is made up of three main elements: a steel frame, steel mesh and wool textile cushions. All three elements have qualities that come together to complete the function and design of the furniture. The weight of the steel frame adds stability; the steel mesh attached to the frame molds itself to the body for maximum ergonomics, while adding an open impression; and the cushions add a warm, tactile look and feel.
All the metal parts are welded together, then galvanized and lacquered, making the furniture extremely robust, durable and suitable for outdoor use as well. The Munch collection’s color palette also underwent a thorough selection process. In collaboration with the Norwegian paint producer, Jotun, three colors were specially created, which together with the woolen textiles render a sophisticated finish.