+ The manufacturing process, from the extrusion of the aluminum through to final anodizing contributes to the inherent elegance of MuNiMulA’s objects, and its design approach. All cutting, machining, welding, and finishing is done by hand at our facility in southern Michigan.
Our location has also allowed us to establish strong partnerships with area suppliers for extruding, anodizing, and etching. We understand the material memories and traces of the process of making to be an integral part of the beauty and value of our collection. Any consideration of technologies and techniques to be applied in the design and manufacturing of our products is guided by these notions. Both the industrial and the handmade qualities of each object display a critical essence that is heavily informed by a sense of economy that evolves from the immediate relationship with the processes of manufacturing. The result engages the senses as the work reveals its own history.
An understanding of both the intrinsic virtues and limitations of materials is indispensable to our designs. The manipulation of these materials becomes a means to explore, and ultimately reveal, uses and functions. MuNiMulA’s primary material is aluminum, a metal whose core material comprises 1/12 of the earth’s crust. It is a material that is lightweight, durable, accepts a wide variety of finishes, and is 85 to 90% recycled. Aluminum is created by chemically refining bauxite ore into alumina, and then electrically separating this white powder into molten aluminum and carbon dioxide. Recycling saves not only the material itself, but also the energy needed to produce it. MuNiMulA’s designs further the notion of conservation by understanding the importance of time and place in the life of our products. They remain open and encourage adaptation of use, thus embracing a state of becoming, prolonging its useful life and relevance. Without relinquishing authorship or responsibility for the form, time and chance are fundamental concepts for MuNiMulA’s notions for design, endorsing customization and change over time by addition or subtraction. We believe that noble materials, clear details, and adaptability in space, present a responsible alternative to planned obsolescence.
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