With “Spun,” Industry premiered in the U.S. Danish-born designer Mathias Bengtsson’s modular, innovative and high-tech “Spun Bench” seating series of made of carbon fiber. Composed of a series of 12 unique Spun Benches, the designer created an immersive, site-specific installation inside the gallery by interconnecting all 12 benches to create a large, sculptural seating unit.
The Spun Benches formed the basis of Bengtsson’s latter carbon fiber work, including his famous Spun Chaise, which is in the permanent collections of the MOMA, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the High Museum. Also on exhibit for the first time in the U.S. was Bengtsson’s Paper Slice Chair, made of 2 millimeter thick slices of black and white paper laser cut and adhered together by hand. The Chair was subsequently acquired by the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC.
Fast Company magazine marveled at how each of Bengtsson’s Spun Benches weighed less than 5 lbs. yet could support weight hundreds of times that amount ( http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669838/a-carbon-fiber-bench-as-big-as-awarehouse-weighs-barely-10-pounds ). Architecture website Tevami meanwhile heralded Bengtsson’s use of carbon fiber as “the future of furniture” ( http://tevami.com/the-future-of-furniture-is-spun/ ).
“Spun” was notable for Bengtsson’s latest iteration of his famous “Slice Chair” series—the Paper Slice Chair, which took the same familiar typography as his Plywood and Aluminum Slice Chairs and applied this to paper. http://www.detnk.com/node/11130