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Matthias Pliessnig

Matthias Pliessnig is an acclaimed furniture designer based in Philadelphia[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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