Born in Copenhagen in 1971, Mathias Bengtsson studied furniture design at the Danish College of Design and the Art Centre College in Switzerland before returning to Copenhagen to form the design collective known as ‘Panic’, with a mission to give young designers a voice within the Danish furniture industry and create new opportunities. Bengtsson relocated to London in 1996 to study under Ron Arad and earned a degree at the Royal College of Art in 1999 before collaborating with fellow graduates to create design studio ‘At the Third Stroke’. A year later, Bengtsson co-founded ‘Design Laboratory’ in partnership with Sam Buxton before eventually establishing his own studio in 2002.
Bengtsson’s work began gaining acclaim internationally in 1998, when his Slice and Homage to Panton chairs were exhibited at Galleria Post Design in Milan. In 2002, his work was shown in the ‘Design by Aluminium’ exhibition at the Design Museum in London. Sotheby’s Contemporary Art department presented Bengtsson’s work in 2003 and 2004, and also in 2003 the British Council featured Bengtsson’s furniture in the ‘Great Brits’ exhibition held in Milan during the Salone del Mobile, which later travelled to Tokyo and Sao Paulo.
Recently Bengtsson was personally presented with the Finn Juhl prize in Japan. His pieces have been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Carnegie Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, High Museum of Art in Atlanta and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.