THE DESIGNER

Lisa Stolz is an architect and furniture designer from Vienna, Austria. She completed her Master's degree in architecture at the Technical University in 2014. She then worked in an architectural office before founding the interior start-up "Creative Home" together with three fellow students. This project sparked her interest in furniture design and inspired her to move to London in 2016 to study furniture design at the renowned Central Saint Martins College.

During her studies, Lisa started the project "MOWO, move with wood" with the idea of ​​creating soft and springy furniture from wooden materials. In September 2021, she successfully finalized a Kickstarter campaign that marked the launch of the furniture brand.

Lisa Stolz currently lives back in her hometown of Vienna, where she continues to explore the boundaries of furniture design in her studio in the 7th district. In recent years, she has continuously expanded her expertise by introducing new products. In 2023, she presented her latest furniture line called "Vivi" at Vienna Design Week, which takes freedom of movement while sitting to a new level.

In addition, Lisa is also an advocate of healthy living. She offers workshops on "healthy sitting" developed in collaboration with a back health expert. In addition, she actively works with physiotherapists to ensure that her furniture is healthy.

Why dynamic sitting is better?

In a world where many of us spend a large part of our day sitting, the importance of ergonomic sitting posture is becoming increasingly clear. While conventional office chairs often aim to keep us in a rigid position, at MOWO we rely on a concept that achieves the opposite: dynamic sitting.

Dynamic sitting means moving freely and naturally while sitting. The human body is designed for movement, not for standing still. Actively sitting on our stools activates muscles and stimulates blood circulation, which prevents muscle tension and back pain. Continuous micro-movements also activate our deep muscles, which support the torso and relieve the strain on the spine.

Dynamic sitting can be tiring at first, as it puts strain on the muscles in a similar way to a workout. In the long term, however, it strengthens the back muscles, improves posture and promotes back health. In addition, regular movement while sitting increases concentration and productivity, a concept known as "fidgeting".

In contrast to conventional office chairs, our stools allow a variety of sitting positions and body movements. From gentle rocking and bouncing to wide swings, they encourage you to vary your sitting position and keep your body moving.

elastic wood, how is that possible?

The secret of our furniture is based on understanding the elastic properties of wood, combined with innovative application and modern technology. Elastic wooden elements, such as springy slatted frames or the frames of cantilever chairs, are well known in the furniture sector - we have expanded the concept of elastic wood and adapted it to the entire piece of furniture.

We use the high bending strength of birch and beech wood fibers to produce a special, fine molded plywood that reacts elastically under load and adapts to individual needs. In order to be able to absorb stress in all directions without breaking, thin veneer layers are cross-glued and pressed under heat. Each product series went through an intensive development phase to achieve the ideal material thickness and composition of the wood.

We have succeeded in creating a highly functional wooden element that absorbs and supports movements in a unique form.

What materials are used?

Our products consist of a core made of high-quality beech or birch veneer. Depending on the model series, this core is either openly visible, as in the Aera series, or covered with a decorative veneer in oak or walnut.

For the production of our products, only a very small amount of wood is used. For example, a stool requires 8-9 m² of wood veneer. This means that from 1 m³ of tree trunk, which yields an average of 800 m² of veneer, we can produce about 100 stools.

We only use FSC-certified veneers. The certification ensures that wood products come from forests managed according to the strict standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). These standards consider environmental aspects such as ecosystem protection and biodiversity, social aspects including the rights of workers and communities, and economic aspects to ensure sustainable use of forest resources.

All surfaces of our products are painted, which makes them water and dirt repellent. We use water-based paints, which can be produced in a more environmentally friendly way and have a lower VOC load compared to polyurethane and oil-based paints.

The wooden shapes are held together with PPM (polypropylene multifilament) cords in bright colors. Individual cord colors are available in rPET, which is made from 100% recycled PET bottles.

Where is it produced?

Our products are manufactured by a Greek family business that has specialized in the production of molded plywood parts since 1991. Awarded the FSC chain of custody certificate, they guarantee that all used materials come from responsible forestry and controlled sources and that fair working conditions are ensured for all employees.

In order to use materials in a way that is both resource-saving and economical, the majority of production waste is sold to a recycling company that processes it into chipboard, pellets and other products.

exhibitions

Current

05. 2024 - Hollenegg Castle 'Wood-Land', Austria

Already over

12. 2023 - Bratislava Design Week, Slovakia
09. 2023 - Vienna Design Week, Austria
06. 2023 - Fifteen seconds festival, Graz, Austria
05. 2022 - Clerkenwell Design Week, London, UK
09. 2021 - Furniture Museum Vienna, Austria
10. 2020 - Dutch Design Week / digital
06. 2020 - Milan Design Week / digital
09. 2019 - Vienna Design Week, Austria
05. 2019 - Design without borders, Budapest, Hungary
11. 2018 - Global Grad Show, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
10. 2018 - Biennale Interieur, Kortrijk, Belgium
09. 2018 - Mint Gallery, London Design Festival, UK
08. 2018 - Messums Wiltshire Gallery, Salisbury, UK
06. 2018 - Degree Show UAL, Central Saint Martins, London, UK

PRICES

2022 - 'creative_pioneer' funding, Vienna Business Agency
2019 - 'Worth Partnership Project' funding, EU COSME programme
2019 - Shortlist 'ein&zwanzig', German Design Council
2018 - Awarded 'Belgian Interior Awards - Objects'
2018 - Shortlisted 'Gordon Russel national furniture design competition'

Press

Viennese
courier
The press
Design Milk
Dis-up!
Harper's Bazaar
IDEA
MaterialDistrict
Monocle
Octagon
Paris-art
telegraph

DESIGN COOPERATIONS

ante up

Circle of Life: The two designers Benedikt Stonawski and Hauke ​​Unterburg stand for sustainable and recyclable product and furniture design with their Viennese label “ante up”.

The two studied at the “Design Academy Eindhoven” in the Netherlands and at the “Hochschule für Gestaltung” in Karlsruhe, Germany and have already realized several joint projects.

They believe in a world in which everything remains in a cycle and nothing loses its meaning - based on this vision, Benedikt and Hauke ​​offer services in the field of product design: They advise on eco-design principles, sustainable materials and production methods. They develop sophisticated concepts, test them in their workshop and create unique products.

When designing the ' Aera Curve ' bench, they also combined an intelligent yet visually harmonious construction with durable materials to create a timeless object that will never lose its meaning.