Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen
– 27 May 2018
In his designs, Mathias Bengtsson navigates the points of contact between design and art. The Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen is currently dedicating a special show to his experimental pieces of sculptural furniture.
Although trained in industrial design, Bengtsson today describes himself as an artist who works with experimental design. His furniture pieces are not designed to be widely available on the general consumer market. Rather, he makes unique pieces and limited editions, which are sold to museums or collectors. In his designs, he experiments with new production methods, challenges the perception of the “user”, and traditional notions of functionality.
The starting point for his furniture sculptures are nonetheless, classic objects, such as the chair, the table or the chaise longue. Among other things, Bengtsson achieved fame for his Slice Chair (1999), which consists of individual, superimposed metal plates, produced with a laser cutter. This creates a massive, enthralling effect, but from certain perspectives the chair at the same time also seems delicate.