Chair Classics: Mathias Pliessnig Benches

Providence Drawing

 
When it came time to choose what to write about for this week’s post, the decision of profiling Mathias Pliessnig was an easy one to make. However, the task quickly become more difficult when faced with the prospect of having to choose just one of his bent wood masterpieces to feature. Needless to say, we will be deviating from the norm this week and profiling several of the young woodworker’s acclaimed creations.


 

Providence bench, 2008, steam bent white oak.

 
Now based in Philidelphia, Pliessnig graduated four years ago from the University of Wisconsin‘s Wood/Furniture program with an MFA, and has quickly carved a niche for himself in the fine furniture and design market. His work is the perfect synthesis of technology and craft, and is garnishing him respect and admiration from woodworkers, artists, and designers alike. Each painstakingly hand fabricated piece is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with wood, and consequently seems to invoke a sense of awe and wonder in it’s viewers. Scroll down and I think you will agree.

Providence bench, 2008, steam bent white oak.

 

Ebb 2007, steam bent white oak.

 

Spill 2011, steam bent white oak.

 

Spill 2011, steam bent white oak.

 

Spill 2011, steam bent white oak.

 
And just In case you’re anything like me and wondering in amazement as to how on earth these pieces are made, I will leave you with some behind the scenes photos from Designboom, of the creation of the Amada Bench. Enjoy!

Nathan