Matthias Pliessnig

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Matthias Pliessnig is an acclaimed furniture designer based in Brooklyn, New York.[1] whose work uses steam bent wood. His style is "kinetically contemporary" and he uses "computer-aided curves with laborious craftsmanship" to handcraft chairs and benches.[2]

Pliessnig is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Wisconsin (Madison). His interest in woodworking developed after he decided to build a boat and was inspired to apply those techniques, particularly steam bending of wood strips around a mold, to furniture making.[2] The New York Times reported that his studio "looks more akin to a boat-builder’s garage than an icy SoHo loft, which makes sense when you consider the lunular shapes of Pliessnig’s chairs."[1]

His first solo exhibition was hosted by Philadelphia's Wexler Gallery in 2008.[3] Plessing's 2003 Shell is made of woods laminated mahogany wood strips around a concrete form.[4] His work Bends is a bowed bench made from a grid of wood that "gives way to support the sitter".[5]

In 2010, he was named a Fellow by United States Artists. [6]

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  1. ^ a b Rosecrans Baldwin April 23, 2009 Furniture Design The Digital Ramble New York Times blog
  2. ^ a b The Eye; Next Generation Matthias Pliessnig page 36 March 2009 Forbes Life
  3. ^ Wexler Gallery website
  4. ^ Jonathan Benson Woodworker's Guide to Bending Wood: Techniques, Projects and Expert Advice for Fine Woodworking Fox Chapel Publishing, 2009 ISBN 978-1-56523-360-7. 192 pages page 9
  5. ^ In the Modern World Jul 2007 242 pages Vol. 7, No. 8 ISSN 1530-5309 Dwell, LLC Dwell page 50
  6. ^ United States Artists Official Website "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2013-11-01.