Balea Bar Stool by Muka Design Lab & Hug Sofa by Cristian Reyes for Missana

December 20th, 2015 by retail design blog

Missana launches “Balea” and “Hug”, two new products for their prestigious collection “The Novelties”.


Missana is pleased to launch their latest products designed by 2 emerging talents, Muka and Cristian Reyes, for their prestigious collection “The Novelties”. The first product is a collection of outstanding bar stools that combine first quality trendy materials with the traditional art of upholstery characteristic of the Valencia based company. The second product is a top design sofa, an incredibly new design never seen in the market that offers innovation, design and maximum confort. 


On one hand the designers from Muka were inspired by the whales that came from the North Sea to the Basque coast when designing these Nordic style bar stools. “Balea” means whale in Basque, and the rounded shapes of this stool remind us indeed to a whale’s belly.


The decorative horizontal seams of the seat also resemble the belly of these cetaceans. Their soft and organic lines with Nordic style show us the wooden legs with a very natural and warm finishing, the upholstery of the seat combines amazing textures with a cheerful splash of color. The legs are made of solid rounded oak or beech wood. In this way we were able to maintain, in both, the materials used and the making process, the identity and the character of a handmade product.


On the other hand Hug by Cristian Reyes, is an innovative sofa concept, 100% handicraft made, the main features worth highlighting are its high aesthetic freshness and its innovative character.


A delicate mixture of rounded and exaggerated details that result in a unique and original piece with a very particular personality, amazing style and clean elegance, a sofa that traps you, embraces you and invites you to sit comfortable in its arms and let your imagination fly. The combination of bright colors and trendy fabrics enhance even more the beauty and warmth of this piece. A piece that provides maximum comfort and it’s able to integrate itself in any type of space due to its outstanding design.

Design: Balea Bar Stools – Muka Design Lab / Hug Sofa: Cristian Reyes
Art Direction Scenography: Masquespacio
Photography: Cualiti / David Rodríguez / Carlos Huecas




About Missana
Missana is a group of warm persons passionate about the world of upholstery. For more than 20 years by our atelier have passed a multitude of ideas, proposals and projects that express our vision and traditional way of working through our products. Our collections are the result of a harmonious union between craftsmanship and an eye for detail, visible in the most classic part of our catalogue and now freshly traduced to the actual moment. Two complementary styles combined and improved to make us possible to offer our demanding public elegant and distinguished furniture, but at the same time contemporary, that with special attention for durability and noble materials, present unique furniture made to survive our time.

About Muka Design Lab
Muka Design Lab is an award winning industrial design studio from the Basque Country in Northern Spain that specializes in Slow design to create furniture, consumer goods and home appliances with character.We believe in “slow design” and work with talented local artisans and craftsmen to design everyday objects people love. From sustainable furniture to industrial design concepts, every great design begins with a story that gives life to each piece. Our work has proudly been featured in Architectural Design, Fast Company, Archi Expo, de zeen, El Pais and awarded at international design expos from Milan to Los Angeles. We take everyday products and give them personality from concept to reality.

About Cristian Reyes
Cristian Reyes Creative studio specialized in the area of industrial design and product development. We focus mainly in the fields of furniture, lighting and home accessories. If anything characterizes the work of this design studio is the freshness, detail and originality given to the product. The fusion of ideas, the experimentation and combination of existing materials results in simple and lively concepts that are adaptable and able to coexist in perfect harmony with the user and their home environment.

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One thought on “Balea Bar Stool by Muka Design Lab & Hug Sofa by Cristian Reyes for Missana

  1. amazing design, i just love how design has changed over the decade

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