Design in Dialogue returns for a conversation with the Swedish designer-maker Mattias Sellden, featured in a new exhibition this month at Friedman Benda. Sellden creates sculptural furniture of remarkably animated character, sometimes seeming caught in mid-stride across the room. Each piece is unique, its form developed in response to lengths of timber, whose twisted topologies he uses as the basis for his compositions. Further enlivened with polychrome, the works are wonders of direct craftsmanship yet also engage with contemporary aesthetics. Sellden is interviewed by co-hosts Glenn Adamson and Stephen Burks.
Watch the conversation here:
Inaugurated in April 2020 in response to the pandemic lockdown, Design in Dialogue began as a way simply to keep the conversation going, and offer a meeting place for the design community.
Over time, the series has become an opportunity to expand the dialogue in unprecedented ways, exploring the breadth and diversity of design. Guests are able to speak safely and freely, in a conversational format offering audiences access to the full dimension of their practices.
We have recorded dialogues with over a hundred designers, makers, artists, architects, critics, historians, writers and curators, and heard them discuss their work and ideas in-depth, direct and unfiltered. To date, the series has been viewed over 700,000 times through our two channels (YouTube and Vimeo) and our distribution partners Dezeen and Designboom.
The world is shifting gears again now, as online connection gives way once more to in-person events. With this in mind, we have decided to transition from our regular weekly broadcast. Design in Dialogue will still continue in the fall of 2021 and beyond, with occasional new interviews. The archive will remain freely viewable in perpetuity, serving as a vital primary source of this moment.