danish artist and designer mathias bengtsson presents a prolific collection of biomorphic furniture for the exhibition ‘growth’ at galerie maria wettergren. the show — on view from september 15th to november 25th, 2017 — coincides with paris design week, an event which overlaps with the city’s maison et objet 2017 fair.

mathias bengtsson growth exhibition
‘growth lounge’, 2016, massif bronze, 3D printing, ca 100 x 200 x 70 cm
image by martin krupp © mathias bengtsson and galerie maria wettergren

 

 

the furniture series explores the possibilities of software contribution to artistic creation, wherein 3D printing serves as an analogue for representing organic forms. bengtsson begins with what he calls ‘the promise of technology’ – ‘the desire to push the limits of what is imaginable, and the will to create objects unlike any that have existed before’.

mathias bengtsson growth exhibition
‘growth lounge’, 2016, massif bronze, 3D printing, ca 100 x 200 x 70 cm
image by martin krupp © mathias bengtsson and galerie maria wettergren

 

 

the series reflects the artist’s various processes and use of industrial materials ranging from 3D printed resin, walnut and titanium. the works blur the boundaries between fine art and industrial design — notions of ‘chair’ or ‘table’ are suggested yet the pieces also act as delicate sculptures.

mathias bengtsson growth exhibition
‘growth table walnut’, walnut, 2014, 163 x 66 x 76 cm
image by martin krupp © mathias bengtsson

 

 

‘growth’ will be the first solo exhibition for bengtsson, an innovator of scandinavian contemporary design. he was awarded the finn juhl architecture prize in 2011 and his works are part of the most important museum collections in the world, such as the centre pompidou in paris and the MoMa and the cooper hewitt museums in new york.

mathias bengtsson growth exhibition
‘growth table walnut’, walnut, 2014, 163 x 66 x 76 cm
image by martin krupp © mathias bengtsson

 

 

the exhibition at galerie maria wettergren will be accompanied by the book launch for the sculptural catalogue ‘growth’. designed by the artist, the book’s form is inspired by a topographical landscape and made from laser-cut paper. the catalogue will feature commentary by the chief conservator of the pompidou museum, marie-ange brayer.

mathias bengtsson growth exhibition
‘growth table walnut’, walnut, 2014, 163 x 66 x 76 cm
image by martin krupp © mathias bengtsson

mathias bengtsson growth exhibition
‘growth table walnut’, walnut, 2014, 163 x 66 x 76 cm
image by martin krupp © mathias bengtsson

mathias bengtsson growth exhibition
‘growth table titanium’, 2016, 3D printed titanium, 81 x 140 x 66 cm
image by fabrice dall’anese © mathias bengtsson and galerie maria wettergren

mathias bengtsson growth exhibition
‘growth table titanium’, 2016, 3D printed titanium, 81 x 140 x 66 cm
image by fabrice dall’anese © mathias bengtsson and galerie maria wettergren

mathias bengtsson growth exhibition
image by martin krupp © mathias bengtsson 
‘cellular chair’, 2011, 3D printed resin, silver, 74/42 x 82 x 64 cm
read more about the ‘cellular chair’ here

mathias bengtsson growth exhibition
image by martin krupp © mathias bengtsson 
‘cellular chair’, 2011, 3D printed resin, silver, 74/42 x 82 x 64 cm

 

 

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    (2 articles)

    art news