Matthias Pliessnig
Furniture Designer
Philadelphia, PA
2010 USA Fellow

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.
  • Artwork by Matthias Pliessnig
    Providence, 2008; photo credit the artist
Artwork by Matthias Pliessnig