Mutina derives from the natural need to urge top designers to bring their ideas, for the first time, to the world of ceramic covering materials.
Mutina is a design project developed by a heterogenous team that shares the same unique vision. The collaboration with Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius, Raw Edges, Inga Sempé, Patricia Urquiola and Tokujin Yoshioka sprang from a friendship and a huge sense of mutual respect, as well as from the challenge of experiencing the endless range of white, black and neutral shades. These non-colours, together with a never-ending effort to bring out the best in ceramic material, are the origin of the Mutina concept, which – beyond any evolution and interpretation – has developed a strong, recognisable identity, also thanks to the essential high quality of the product: innovative yet perfectly balanced and inviting, a product to reach out and touch.
Sensitivity for shape, a desire to innovate and to take on board an incredible variety of visual stimuli from today’s world have been part of the Mutina universe since its inception, but it was not until 2016 that these elements came together in Mutina for Art, an ambitious, varied programme in which contemporary art plays a central role. This important step reflects the company’s desire to organise and structure its commitment to contemporary art, in order to make it a source of influence, experience and above all to generate dialogue and exchange.
The programme includes MUT, a dedicated exhibition space at our headquarters, This Is Not a Prize, an important award assigned yearly, and Dialogue, a programme of collaboration with artists, galleries, partners belonging to various areas of interest and international art institutions. Contemporary art is always central to the brand’s interests.
These on-going research characteristics of Mutina’s creative and productive process led, in 2017, to Accents: based on the ceramic collections, OEO Studio designed a series of top-quality complementary products designed to enhance the spirit of the products, rising once again to a challenge in which new materials such as wood, metal and a selection of paints are teamed with the brand’s collections through an interplay of colours and architectural elements in harmony with the spirit of the company.