Paper Chair
by Mathias Bengtsson

A chair made of recycled paper coated with a thin film of glue.

Paper Chair is a chair made of recycled paper coated with a thin film of glue. With a CNC-cutter, the paper is carved into 2000 different profiles which are then stacked in the right order. Under pressure and heat all the profiles are glued together to form a strong and homogeneous 3-dimensional body. This gives the chair a richness in form and detailing that is not possible by means of any other production methods or processes.
Mathias Bengtsson strives to create something that is not mass-produced – but which can nevertheless be recreated, since the chair is handmade, yet ‘digital’. The work is made in a black/white combination intended to highlight the form, which appears graphic. Two prototypes are produced – one in white paper and one in black paper -which are then spliced together to make two chairs with black and white stripes. “Paper Chair” represents a different use of a familiar material that we use in our everyday life. “Like so many other materials, paper is a material with a wide range of possibilities, and through this process it becomes a new and interesting object, which I hope will surprise and challenge”, says Mathias Bengtsson.

Mathias Bengtsson designs and produces modern furniture that is both visually striking and technically innovative. He has created a number of furniture series, including “Slice”, which is a sculptural organic series made of a wide variety of materials, ranging from aluminium to cardboard and plywood. Mathias Bengtsson uses a special technique where he combines modern computer technology with sophisticated laser-cutting techniques. He cuts his furniture into little pieces and then combines the pieces into a convincing and beautifully finished chair. In his artistic practice, Mathias Bengtsson strives to discover ways of challenging technology and combines industrial techniques with traditional cabinetmaking methods. In 2005 Mathias Bengtsson received the three-year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation.

Born 1971. Designer, graduated from The Danish Design School in 1997 and Royal College of Art in London in 1999.

Danish Crafts / Mathias Bengtsson

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