In 2022, SAPELI won its second prestigious Red Dot Award for the innovative MUTEO door, which was designed by Petr Novague. We view this special recognition as irrefutable evidence that we’re on the right track.
This year, too, the handleless MUTEO doors are celebrating the design industry’s equivalent of the Oscar
The iconic MUTEO door, which is the culmination of several years of collaboration with industrial designer Peter Novague, has once again expanded its collection of prestigious design awards – the fully glazed MUTEO TONALE variant recently won the 2022 Red Dot Design Award.
The MUTEO door, which SAPELI invested tens of millions of crowns into developing, comprises two panels joined by a central core element. The concept is revolutionary in that the door and handle blend into one piece concealing a unique mechanical lock, thanks to which the door can be opened and closed with only a gentle push or pull. ‘When SAPELI came to me and said they wanted an original door, I didn’t hesitate. The topic of the door has been worked over a million different times, and it always comes down to a panel with a handle. But I said to myself that this was the moment I had to change it,’ says Novague in speaking about his artistic approach to the fundamental innovation that MUTEO represents.
In the interior, MUTEO lies flush with the wall on both sides, and with the right design it can even be made to seemingly vanish. ‘MUTEO is the flagship of our premium segment, SAPELI Unlimited,’ adds Marek Sedlák, head of sales at SAPELI. The door is intended for the most demanding clientele and has been used by a number of leading residential architects. One of the first projects to feature this unique door was the renovation of the home of famous Czech film director Jan Hřebejk. The new interior of the 1970s home was created by renowned designer Dagmar Štěpánová, who is primarily known for her work abroad and is a recipient of the highest honour in the world of architecture, the Architizer A+ Award.