May 23, 2022

Please take a seat! Matti Braun. Seat sculptures


Angelika Nollert



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Matti Braun, Seat sculptures “Untitled”, 1995/1996/2000.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (K. Mewes)
Finnish pop design of the 60s meets Scandinavian “good people utopia”

Seat sculptures “Untitled”

Designer: Matti Braun (*1968 in Berlin, lives and works in Cologne)
Design: 1995/1996/2000
Material: Glass Reinforced Polyester

5 colourful seat sculptures in yellow, blue, orange, pink and red in front of the Setzkasten.
Matti Braun, Seat sculptures “Untitled”, 1995/1996/2000.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (K. Mewes)

The artist Matti Braun with German-Finnish descent became internationally known through his design of the “round table” for the World Economic Summit in Cologne in June 1999, where the heads of state of the most important industrial nations conducted their negotiations.

Again and again, Matti Braun develops commodities that move as unique pieces between art and design. In his work he deals with cultural-historical and political issues, with the symbolic meaning of things and their cultural context.

His colorful seat sculptures deliberately quote Eero Aarnio’s Finnish pop design of the 1960s, while at the same time staging the Scandinavian “good people utopia” (Matti Braun) in furniture design as an expression of a particularly humane, idealistic way of thinking and critically assessing it from today’s perspective questioning.

The seat sculptures will be in front of the letter case until June 6, 2022 and then in the X-D-E-P-O-T.

Donated by
MEAG Munich ERGO Asset Management GmbH.

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Foto: © Verner Panton Design AG / Design by Verner Panton / Produced under license by Verpan A/S

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For the “100 Poster Battle” exhibition, the seating sculptures were set up for visitors in front of the “Setzkasten”:

Blick auf eine Wand mit Postern. Das Bild zeigt an einer hohen Wand ein Rechteck, das dem Hochformat eines Posters entspricht. Es besteht aus vielen bunten einzelnen Postern. Am Boden davor befinden sich bunte Sessel aus einem harten Material. Links sieht man weitere Ausstellungsobjekte in einem weißen Setzkasten. Rechts ist eine graue Treppe.
Blick in die Ausstellung, 100 Poster Battle, 2023.
Foto: Die Neue Sammlung (K. Mewes)