Matt Manes has a good eye.
When the executive vice president at M2L spotted seating by Finnish furniture maker Inno at ICCF a couple of years ago, he introduced himself to the CEO of the company.
Then he followed up with a factory visit in Helsinki.
Now M2L is introducing Inno’s line of seating and tables to the U.S. markets.
“I thought it really had a fresh look to it – a new look that you don’t see in the marketplace here,” he says. “And they’re always coming out with new products.”
Inno was founded in 1975 by Harri Korhonen, an interior architect with an interest in product design and a vision for different, but functional environments. The company works with known designers but also acts as a springboard for new Finnish talent.
Among the products recently introduced to the U.S. market are:
Aura, a family of seating characterized by an enveloping back and organic, flowing lines. Designed by Mikko Laakkonen, the sofa was awarded a Red Dot: Best of the Best Award in 2013.
Basso, designed by Harri Korhonen, it’s a family of meeting chairs that’s available in four sizes (S, M, L and XL) with an embedded lumbar support.
Kola, designed by Mikko Laakkonen, is all about lightness that’s expressed both visually and physically. The seat, made of 100% recyclable polyester felt, is part of the chair’s supporting construction.
Lab, designed by Harri Korhonen, it’s a casual meeting or dining chair with a cozy sensibility and stacking capability. The matching table is a pure and light modular table available in three sizes for meeting or dining.
M2L handles 12 lines of European furniture with showrooms in New York, Georgetown, Boston, and Toronto. They’ve been in business 22 years, targeting architects and interior designers for commercial and residential products.
And they know good design when they see it.