Matti Klenell

MATTI KLENELL (b1972). Since graduation from Konstfack, Stockholm in 1999 Klenell has worked with design commissions for a long list of clients worldwide. It includes companies such as FontanaArte, Iittala, Swedese, Källemo, Moooi, Offecct and Muuto. He has also worked with art direction in various context, most recently or the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm where he was responsible for the re-design of the restaurant interior furnished with a collection of contemporary Swedish design. Simultaneously he has developed his own and unique language as a glass artist with several solo exhibitions and public art commissions. The broad variety of projects with a mix of art, craft and design is also what characterizes his work and this process has created a personal, innovative, and new take on the Scandinavian design tradition. Klenell teaches design frequently at Konstfack and Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm.

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”In a way I think you could describe my working method as quite old school. It has a resemblance to the early years of industrialism, before the term ‘industrial designer’ was invented. Then artists were hired by the industry to create everyday objects. I know it is a very romantic image of my practice but at the same time it’s quite true. I aim to combine artistic skills with a knowledge of industrial production as well as the demands of contemporary architecture.The art projects I develop could be described as a personal laboratory where I explore materials, production techniques and human behaviors without any restrictions than my own. Naturally such experiences later enrich the commissions I do for my clients.”
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