"When a product is done, I typically lose my interest in it and move on to something else. That doesn’t mean that I am not proud of it. It means, that I have looked at it for such a long time, that I get a bit full of it."
Who are you, what do you do, and what is your background?
My name is Matias Møllenbach, and I design furniture. I have a bachelor's degree in product design from Central Saint Martins and a master's in furniture design from KADK.
When you are designing - who or what do you look at for inspiration?
Most of the time, I start my thought process with the production or the material I am working with. By doing so, I let the discoveries from that thought process inspire the design of my product.
What is your all-time favorite piece of design that you have ever made?
I don't have a specific favorite product. It always changes, and typically it is one of the latest products I made. When a product is done, I typically lose my interest in it and move on to something else. That doesn’t mean that I am not proud of it. It means, that I have looked at it for such a long time, that I get a bit full of it.
But, to answer the question, I would say that I am very proud of my extruded aluminum light. To succeed with making a lamp in a piece of aluminum that works as I wanted it to is very satisfying. It might seem simple, but a lot of my other designs are very complex, so I am very happy with that product.
You get to take credit for one piece of historic design made by someone else, which design would you choose if any?
Well, there are many amazing products, that I would love to be behind. A product that comes to mind is the Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer. It is a product made by using a, at that time, new technique, and at the same time a product that could have easily been very hard, to be so harmonic. Amazing piece of work!
What are you most excited about right now in terms of your work or personal life?
I just opened my store at Møntergade 3 in Copenhagen. It has been a dream of mine to have a space, where people can go to see and try my stuff. So, naturally, I am very happy about that at the moment.
And last but not least - you are going out to dinner in Copenhagen - which spot do you choose?
I really like the light, Italian restaurants like Osteria 16, Bar la una and Mangia. Those are all perfect for an everyday dinner and to start a night out on the weekends.
Thank you Matias for doing this. We hope that everybody goes to check out his amazing work at his new store.