Workshop chair by Muuto


I'm always very much inspired by workspaces of like minded people. I love to sneak into someone home office or studio and wander around, instant inspiration. And a workspace is also something personal, you can really see what the person is like. 


The Workshop Chair by Cecilie Manz is named after its place of origin: the workshop. Designed from the idea of an everyday chair, the chair came to be through a free design process that experimented with forms and shapes in the workshop until ending up at the final design. 

Muuto wanted to take the concept of the Workshop Chair further, visiting three creatives across Scandinavia to hear about their workshops, how surroundings can affect your creativity and how having a space dedicated to your work shapes your creations. You can see the story of Sigve Knutson and Matilda Beckman on the stories page of Muuto. 

The final of the three creatives is Christiane Spangsberg, a Copenhagen-based painter, speaking on her workshop. We love to share her story here. 

“I’ve always worked from home. I’ve moved a lot and my atelier follows me wherever I go. I’m in a flat in the Eastern area of Copenhagen now. I find that there’s a certain intimacy to working at home.

It’s a space where I feel free and can be at ease. I always do my work seated on the floor. I think it’ll always be like that. No matter how small a space I’d end up in, there’ll always be room for a piece of paper on the floor.


Most crucial to me though, is that I’m alone with my work. Working from home gives me a feeling of control that, over time, allows me to immerse myself completely into whatever I’m working on. In that sense, I believe that our surroundings affect as just as much as our thoughts do.

Some need visual stimulation to feel inspired and I’m the same way, though what I find the most inspiring is a large, white, naked wall. That sense of nothingness inspires me and allows me to dream up things in my mind to unfold on the canvas.”

Muuto is rooted in the Scandinavian design tradition characterized by enduring aesthetics, functionality, craftsmanship and an honest expression.
By expanding this heritage with forward-looking materials, techniques and bold creative thinking, their ambition is to deliver new perspectives on Scandinavian design.
Their name, Muuto, comes from muutos, meaning new perspective in Finnish. They handpick leading contemporary designers who are strong interpreters of their philosophy and combine their talents with the passionate Muuto creative team.

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