Carnegie Museum of Art Acquires Aluminum Slice Chair by Designer Mathias Bengtsson

By Editorial Team on March 3, 2011


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Mathias Bengtsson. “Slice” chair, designed 1999. Aluminum. Measurements: H: 750mm W: 890mm L: 750mm. Photo Courtesy of Industry Gallery.

Industry Gallery has announced the acquisition by Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh of a limited edition aluminum Slice chair by Danish-born designer Mathias Bengtsson. This is the first work by Bengtsson to enter the museum’s collection.  The design was conceived in 1999 and first executed in clay. The Carnegie chair, number 15 from an edition of 20, is comprised of 125 3mm thick horizontal hand polished aluminum pieces and was manufactured August 2010.  Bengtsson is known for cutting edge designs made from industrial and high tech materials.  The Helen Johnston Acquisition Fund and Richard L. Simmons Acquisition Fund made the acquisition possible.

Danish-born Mathias Bengtsson (b. 1971), who resides in London and Stockholm, created the Slice chair concept, which weds organic shapes with cutting-edge technology, in 1999. Slice was originally hand modeled in clay, sliced in horizontal layers and digitally manipulated, yielding a shape that blurs distinctions between armrests, backrest, legs and frame.

Slice is constructed as an assemblage of horizontal cross-sections that stack together into a distinct lateral profile.  The designer chose aluminum for its reflective quality, and each of the 125 3mm thick laser cut layers is hand waxed and polished.  The 3mm thickness provides both structural integrity and sufficient reflective edge surface to enhance the overall effect of a shimmering object.  The limited edition Slice has also been produced in plywood, cardboard and foam.

“Mathias Bengtsson’s ingenious, laser-cut and layered aluminum Slice chair is a perfect addition to Carnegie Museum of Art’s collections of both aluminum and of innovatively designed seating furniture. A visually arresting and sculptural form, the Slice chair has the potential to become one of the museum’s most celebrated design objects,” said Rachel Delphia, associate curator of decorative arts at Carnegie Museum of Art.

About Mathias Bengtsson

Mathias Bengtsson was born in Copenhagen in 1971 and studied furniture design at the Danish College of Design (Danmarks Designskole) 1994-97. From 1992-93, Bengtsson attended the Switzerland’s Art Centre College, returned to Copenhagen and, with four other graduates, formed the design collective known as Panic.  From 1996 until receiving his degree in 1999, Bengtsson studied furniture and product design at the London’s Royal College of Art, directed by Ron Arad.  Following the RCA, Bengtsson collaborated with fellow graduates to create the design studio At the Third Stroke. In 2000, he co-founded Design Laboratory with Sam Buxton, and in 2002 established his own studio.  Bengtsson’s work is internationally acclaimed and has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Asia and is included in major public and private collections.

About Carnegie Museum of Art

Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European works from the 16th century to the present. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our web site at

About Industry Gallery

Industry Gallery (, based in the H Street Arts District of Washington, DC, specializes in 21st century design.  The gallery regularly holds single artist exhibitions representing a broad spectrum of design trends by international artists who create functional art from industrial materials.  The gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, 11AM – 5PM, and by appointment.