Mattias Stahlbom And His Furniture Design
Mattias was born in 1971 in Norkoping and currently lives in the Stockholm in the Sodermalm area. He has been running his design and architect's office in Sodermalm since 2002. He completed his graduation from the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. He specializes in the design of kitchen utensils and furniture ever since he started his career. He works for several top Swedish companies and worked in the field of design in New York. He has received a number of awards and one of them includes the “Young Design” Award. Mattias has so far held his furniture displays in some of world's top exhibitions such as “Swedish Style” in Tokyo”, “Furniture Fair “in Milan and “Design Fair” in Seoul. Some of the many designs that Mattias has done include photo wall fixtures, chamfer tables, can table lamp, bottles, camp floor lamp and others. He is now a partner in a successful Swedish design and architecture studio called TAF architects, together with Gabriela Gustafson. One of his recent designs is the “E27 Socket Bulb” which is a great phenomenon globally. He was found commenting about his creation stating, “The simplicity of the naked bulb is hard to compete with. It stands for something that feels romantic and contemporary at the same time. E27 departs from the essence of a lamp - the socket – creating a simple yet strong object that celebrates the potential beauty in simplicity”. The main aim of the TAF studio is to design products that bring in small and effective changes in how products appear and design of products is done and functions. His motto of design is to stay simple with uncomplicated ideas with materials and methods of design. He believes that obvious things are pretty ordinary and this quality later becomes extraordinary. He hopes that the new Nordic design brings with it an element of fun, uncomplicated straight forwardness and good social values. This he feels can be a by a great deal through simple methodologies. He says that the new Nordic has a great international appeal to it but still has traditional design elements strongly rooted in it when one has a closer look at it. We tend to be very pragmatic and simplistic and put in great efforts to achieve the same, but this is usually taken to be boring which is actually not. Apart from furniture design Mattias has also been studying Ethnology at the University of Stockholm and Art Science at t he University of Stockholm itself. He also does freelancing and has designed the bowl fall for Puckerbergs Glasbrug the lighting series can, pin and three for zero interior, magazine holder file for NC Mobler and table chamfer for Karl Anderson and Soner with Daniel Franzen. Apart from the above exhibitions, he has also participated in the Museum of Modern Art in 2005 where he displayed his design model of a cell phone jewelry piece and also took part in the young architect’s exhibition in The Swedish Museum of Architecture in Stokholm in September 2005.