ABOUT CHRIS MARTIN
In 1992, the 22-year-old Englishman Chris Martin began his career as an assistant to one of the world’s most prominent designers, Jasper Morrison. A few years later, he was presented with a job offer he couldn’t resist. It was the mid-90s and Chris Martin moved to Stockholm to work for the architect Thomas Sandell. His tasks their consisted of designing furniture for various clients and in his new hometown Chris Martin quickly found a friend in Magnus Elebäck. The friendship grew and in 1999 they decided to start their own business. A wish to work independently from other producers developed gradually, and in 2009 they launched Massproductions, an operation where they today are in charge of not only design but also manufacturing, distribution and marketing. Through this all-encompassing approach, they aim to create timeless design through an in-depth knowledge of sustainability, materials and manufacturing techniques. The breakthrough came with the launch of Tio, a wire chair with a clear identity and a visual lightness . Chris Martin has since been honoured with a numerous awards, including Designer of the Year, Design Profile of the Year and now the prestigious Bruno Mathsson Prize.
ABOUT THE MATHSSON FOUNDATION
The Bruno Mathsson Prize is handed out by the Karin and Bruno Mathsson Foundation in Sweden, that was created in 1983 through a donation from Karin and Bruno Mathsson. The purpose of the foundation is to support research, development and education related to objects as well as indoor and outdoor environments.
Vandalorum is located amidst the fields on the outskirts of Värnamo, and presents the most influential art and design today. Vandalorum annually present 10-15 unique exhibitions featuring prominent contemporary designers and artists, both Swedish and international. The buildings, reminiscent of the monumental barn that once dominated the site, are built according to an original concept by the award-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano. The interior is designed by Icelandic architect Sigurdur Gustafsson in consultation with Vandalorum’s founder Sven Lundh.