Matthias Pliessnig
Furniture Designer
Philadelphia, PA

This award was generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Furniture designer Matthias Pliessnig works primarily with steamed bent-wood strips. He attended the Kansas City Art Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Inspired by boatbuilding techniques and classic modernist furniture, Pliessnig uses 3-D modeling software to sketch curves, which he then handcrafts into sensuous forms that cradle the body.

Portrait photo credit the artist.
  • Providence, 2008; photo credit the artist