...In addition to realising projects as varied as, and amongst many others, the ARK tap and bathroom fittings collection for Spanish manufacturer Stanza, a showroom and museum design project for Toyota F1 in Cologne and numerous furniture objects in cooperation with German manufacturer Müller Möbelwerkstätten, Felix Stark advises companies on aspects of the contemporary design market in addition to teaching at a number of design schools... smow blog: Changing tact slightly, one of your highest profile co-operations is with Müller Möbelwerkstätten, how did the cooperation with Müller Möbelwerkstätten arise?...
Müller Small Living
Müller Small Living
Family company from Friesland
The origins of the company Müller Möbelwerkstätten go back to 1869 when Gerhard Wilhelm Oetken started his cabinet making workshop; and since when the family business has been handed on from generation to generation, and is currently managed by Jochen Müller. In 1969 Müller Möbelwerkstätten began with the serial production of furniture and made their premier at the Cologne international furniture fair in 1971, the subsequent commercial success helping Müller Möbelwerkstätten to steady expansion and an associated doubling of the production area by 1994. The 150-year history of the company has always focused on enthusiasm for handicrafts and traditional manufacturing processes: to this day, the family-owned company manufactures all of the furniture in-house in its own factory in Bockhorn near Wilhelmshaven. 2018 saw a brand relaunch of the traditional company, which from then on operated under the name Müller. Due to the stronger focus on furniture for small apartments and so-called micro-apartments, the brand was renamed Müller Small Living shortly afterwards.
Stacking bed, Flai and co.: the classics
The biggest celebrity, and the company's flagship product, is the Stacking Bed by Rolf Heide, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. The skilled carpenter and interior designer realised the stackable plywood bed in the mid-1960s, and a work that is now a design classic which has received numerous awards and design prizes including the Interior Innovation Award. With logical functionality, a clear design language and no fashionable short life, Rolf Heide's Stacking Bed fully represents the design understanding of the North German furniture manufacturer. In addition to the bed system, which is available in various versions, for example as a stacking bed for children, the portfolio of Müller Small Living contains many other innovative design furniture such as the Flai collection by the design office Kaschkasch or the Plane series by Felix Stark.
Micro-apartments and project planning for small spaces
In times of housing shortages and rising property prices, Müller Möbelwerkstätten's Müller Small Living brand has set itself the goal of developing sensible furnishing solutions for micro-apartments. The focus of the concept is on multifunctional furniture made of high-quality materials that are as space-saving as possible, but still convey cosiness and a homely character. Stackable beds such as the Stacking Bed, folding secretaries, beds with a bed box, wall shelves and wall cupboards offer storage space and enable optimal use of the available space. In addition to the furnishing of small private apartments, Müller Small Living furniture is also ideal for furnishing hotel rooms, student dormitories and micro-apartments as well as hospitals and other public places where many people interact in a small space. Our planning department can offer detailed advice on project planning with Müller Small Living, and will be happy to assist you from conception to implementation.
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