work spans from furniture to interior-and exhibition design. He is interested in creating a sense of community and finding new ways to make independent and small-scale design more accessible. Fredrik is a co-founder of Örnsbergsauktionen, a member of the design group LAST and a visiting tutor at Beckmans College of Design. In the spectra of Fredrik Paulsen’s work, notions of anti-consumerism, artificiality and counter culture are thrown into a creative mixing pot that celebrates material, colour and form. With a playful approach to ordinary everyday objects, he experiments with new creative processes.
During the 20th century, furniture and architecture have been characteristically functional. This functionalism involves a clear perception of society and human kind -a belief that, with technological development, we have advanced so far that we can stand alone, with no need of images and symbols. But this cultural “evolution”has encountered resistance in the past few decades; development is continuing, but we do not feel that we are developing. In this standstill, people are tempted and, perhaps, forced to seek new images. Mats Theselius furniture projects various images and potential associations that are remote from clinical functionalism. Thus, the bear more resemblance to furniture predating the modern period. Various stylistic features and materials are juxtaposed. in a functional and logical world, they bear o pictorial language that gives them in situ, the aspect of objects from a world we recognise, yet one that is unfamiliar. Perhaps, quite simply, it is a world we have not yet seen.