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Black ink on white paper, sheet after sheet, small, barely visible variations.
Matti Klenell reasons with his hand.
By nature and from accustomed habit.
He explores with his pencil. Researches. His sense of form is exceptional – he can draw a slick line in his sleep. But for him the challenge lies rather in bringing life to his subjects, giving them character and personality. And always within the limits imposed by manufacturing techniques. He claims to welcome the restraints that come with mass production methods, as if no restriction could be narrow enough to devalue his personal idiom. “He is a tender rationalist,” says the gallerist Inger Molin about him. “With a few lines he creates something sensual.”
In this respect he resembles craftsmen from former days, from the dawn of industrialism. He understands production processes and the commercial conditions governing them. And he

knows how to obtain the richest artistic expression that the situation allows.
Matti is a master at linking incompatibles, at deriving beautiful logic from the irrational. And it happens frequently that he finds his inspiration in the manufacturer’s own collection. A classic instance is of course when he took pity on a discarded tool on the shop floor at Örsjö, a lighting company. The result was a stylised mushroom with a white foot and a glaring orange top – a great success for the firm.Regardless of whether it’s an object for mass production or a one-off art item, he approaches the task with the same curiosity. Matti seems equally at home in both situations. Officially he is classed as interior designer, trained at Konstfack (the Swedish School of Arts, Crafts and Design), but over the years he has had a number of one-man exhibitions of his art glassware. It is working within such different fields that helps him maintain his levels of quality and innovation. His experiments in artworks have spawned unconventional design concepts, while the practical demands of industrial production have taught him the importance of self-discipline, of having something emerge from his hands. From that pencil.

Mark Isitt
Matti Klenell is born 1972. He lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

1994-99: Konstfack College of Art and Design. MFA in Interior Architecture and Furniture design. Stockholm
1997: The Royal Academy of Architecture. Copenhagen, Denmark.
1993-94: KV Art School. Gothenburg.
1992-93: University of Gothenburg, Art history

Shortlist of clients:
ASKUL Corporation
Ateljé Lyktan
Bals Tokyo
Collection Pascale
David Design
Design House Stockholm
The Glass Factory
Klässbols Linneväveri
Made By Choice
Svenskt Tenn

Solo exhibitions:
2019: Design Centre Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
2011: Galleri IngerMolin, Stockholm, Sweden
2011: Gallery Pascale, Stockholm, Sweden
2008: Galleri IngerMolin, Stockholm, Sweden
2005: Galleri IngerMolin, Stockholm, Sweden
2003: Färgfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden
2002: Galleri IngerMolin, Stockholm, Sweden
2001: Agata, Stockholm, Sweden

Shortlist of group exhibitions:
2019: “Inspiration Östasisen”, Röhsska Museet, Gothenburg (SWE). “Formosa -A New Layer Meets Yii”, Spazio Nobile Gallery, Brussels (BE), “Tankar i glas”, Nationalmuseum / Läckö slott (SWE). “NM&-Designprocesser”, Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris (FRA). “Trä Art 2019”, Bodafors (SWE)
2018: "NM& - Designprocesser", Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (SWE) "Light Blowing", Venice (IT). "Handmade -Scandinavian Glass Starting All Over" Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (DK).
2017: "Handmade-Scandinavian Glass Starting All Over" The Glass Factory, Boda (SWE)
2016: ”A New Layer” Songshan Culture and Creative Park, Taipei (TW). ”Svensk Design Från String till IKEA PS”, Medborgarhuset, Säffle. ”New Nordic. Fashion. Food. Design.” Nordische Botschaften, Felleshaus, Berlin (GER)
2015: "Subjektiviteter", Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. "A New Layer", Form Design Center, Malmö. Centre Culturel De Taiwan, Paris, (F). Röhsska Museet, Gothenburg. "Glass Is Tomorrow", Nationalmuseum / Kulturhuset, Stockholm.
2014: "The Scale of Things", Milan (I). "A New Layer", Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm.
2013: "Ränder, Rytm, Riktning", Nordiska museet, Stockholm.
2012: “Örnsbergsauktionen”, Stockholm. “KH+”, Konsthantverkarna, Stockholm.
2011:“Hemma-Swedish deisgn goes London”, Swedish Ambassador’s recidence, London (UK). “Réflexion”, Gallery Pascale, Stockholm. Muuto 5 year anaversary, Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen (DK).
2010: “Gränslöst”, Tomarps Kungsgård, Kvidinge.
2009: “Relations”, Hovdala slott. “Nordic Selected”, Bella Center, Köpenhamn (DK).
2008: “Muuto-Business og Design”, Dansk Design Center, Köpenhamn (DK). “Sundborn Goes Extreme Again”, Sundborns Minnesgård, Falun, Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg.
2007: “We Are Going Underground”, Hotel Anglais, Stockholm. “Design Tide”, Tokyo (J).
2006: “Saenskt Listglaer”, Husavik (ISL). ”Spotlight Sweden”, Apartment Zero, Washington D.C. (USA).
2005: “Koncentrat”, Nivå 125, Båstad. 100% Design, Tokyo (J).
2004: “Designed In Sweden”, Museum of London, London (UK). “The Beauty And The Beast”, Craft Council, London (UK).
2003: ”Break”, Stockholm, Milan(I). ”Made in Sweden-the (un)importance of nationality”, Svensk Form Center, Stockholm.
2002: “Swedish Spring!”, Milan (I). ”Nya Rum”, Örebro Konsthall, Örebro.
2001: ”3D+ – Staging Swedish Design”. Bruexelles (B), Dublin (EI), Berlin (D).
2000: ”Our Establishment”, Stockholm. Young Svensk Form 00. Travelling exhibition. Excellent Swedish Design 00. Travelling Exhibition. ”Young Nordic Design - the generation X”. New York (US), Chicago (US), Toronto (CAN), Mexico City (MEX), Berlin (D), Helsingfors (F), Reykavik (ISL)
1999: ”Young Swedish Design 99”. Malmö, Stockholm, Göteborg, Växjö. ”Designmission 2000”, Agata, Stockholm.
1998 ”Young Swedish Design 98”. Malmö, Umeå, Växjö, Göteborg, Stockholm, London (UK).
1997: ”Petanque”, Konstfack. Stockholm.

Shortlist of grants and awards:
Editor’s Chioce Award -Best Product for the NM& collection at Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair.
Residence Magazine award "Designer of the Year"
"Årets formbärare" Svensk Form Värmland
The Swedish Arts Grants Commitee work grant
EDIDA Sweden Design award.
The Cathrine von Hauswolff Grant
Residence Magazine award.
Red Dot Design Award
EDIDA Sweden Design award
Residence Magazine award “Craft artist of the year”
EDIDA Sweden Design award
The City of Stockholm Cultural Grant.
The Swedish Arts Grants Committee work grant.
The Stockholm County Cultural Grant.
EDIDA Sweden Design award.
Forum Magazine +1 Award
The Ljunggren Design Prize
The Swedish Arts Grants Commitee work grant.
Helge Ax:son Johnson Founation.
Excellent Swedish Award
St. Johannislogens Masonary Award.
The Värmland Museum crafts grant.
Marianne & Sigvard Bernadotte foundation.

Collection representation:
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden
National Public Art Council of Sweden
The Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden
The Museum of Värmland, Karlstad, Sweden
Museum of Design and Applied Arts, Gardabaer, Iceland
Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen, Denmark