About Mats

Biography | Commissions | Separate exhibitions | Group Exhibitions | Texts | Awards


Born in Stockholm 1956
University College of Arts Crafts and Design Konstfack, small scale architecture Stockholm 1979-84

Professor at HDK School of design & crafts, Chalmers University, Gothenburg 1995-96.

Associate of The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts 2011-

Mats Theselius works in the field between art & design. Mats works with different design commissions as well as his own production, exhibitions, set design, installations, books, film and music. Mats Theselius also produces his own unique custom made armchairs.


Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Malmö museum, Sundsvall museum, Art & crafts museum Copenhagen Denmark, Sky City, Arlanda Stockholm Airport, Swedish state art fondation, Russian state art collection Moscow, Museum de angewante kunst, Köln, Art & crafts museum, New York USA.


Meetingspace, Arlanda Airport Stockholm 1991
Set design for Noel Coward musical Norrköping Theatre 1997
Bichop chair for the Biscop in Linköping, Domechurch 1998
Broplan citylandscape in collaboration with Håkan Johnsson, Topia Lanskapsarkitekter 2003
Mindball, Interactive game For Inertractive Insititute productions 2003
Cityplan & landingsite for UFO:s in Uddebo, in collaboration with architect Pernilla Magnusson 2004
Entrance & interior-design, Archive for Swedish design Nybro in collaboration with architect Pernilla Magnusson 2005
Sthlm Furniture fair host at the prizewinning ceremony, Sthlm Concerthall 2005
Travelling crook för bischop Caroline Krook, Sthlm Domecurch 2004
Mats Theselius Show, stage show, Design annual, Stylepark Frankfurt 2007

Arvesund Hermit´s Hut & furniture
A-Carpet, Carpets
Bovalls, dörrar, doors
Zero, lamps
W.A. Bolin, silver & gold
David Design furniture
Källemo furniture
Svenska Glasbruk AB, glass
Move, furniture
Marrakech Design, concrete tiles
Die Blindenanstalt, Germany, shoebrushes
Väveriet, furniture & fabrics
Trio De Nord, furniture
String, furniture
Swedish State, permanent installations & landscape projects
Swedish Church, ceremonial objects

Separate Exhibitions

Galleri Cupido, Stockholm 1988
Architecture Gallery Gothenburg 1989
Kulturhuset Nässjö 1999
Ekelund/ Tandan Gallery Sthlm 1991
Livs medel Gallery Rotor Gothenburg 1992
The Millionprogram, housingexhibition for Poseidon Bostads AB, Gbg 1993
Architecture Gallery Center for modern art Moscow 1994
Linnestreet Live project Gothenburg 1994
Kraschnuyj Ugol Färgfabriken arthall Sthlm 1996
Nature&Culture Röhsska Museum Gothneburg 1997
Galleri Cupido, Stockholm 1998
Monolit, Hordalands kunstsenter Bergen 1999
To shape the world, Malmö Museum 1999
1/2 cup Mats Theselius, Hishult Arthall 1999
Mats Theselius Kulturmagasinet, Sundsvall 1999
Deconstruction of the materiel idea, exhibition Authentics shop, Berlin.2000
Presentation of the first custom designed armchair TXS, made for the White house,
J Lindeberg brandstore, ’Soho Offsite event New York 2000.
Please be seated, Arts&Crafts Museum New York 2000
Mats Theselius at W. A Bolin. Sthlm 2000
Mats Theselius, Tomelilla Arthall 2000
Future design classics Form Design Center Malmoe 2002
Mats Theselius Custom armchairs /Chrisitan Larsen Gallery Sthlm artfair 2002
Grace Museum Abilene, Texas 2002
Swedish Kitchen, Legnica&Wroclaw 2005-06
Mats Theselius Furniture Form Design center Malmoe 2006
Mats Theselius Custom armchairs presentation Transpavillion Berlin 2007
Cloroform Gallery Pascale Sthlm 2008
Superstories Hasselt 2009
Vreta Kloster linköping 2009
Galleri Cupido, Stockholm 2009
Modersmjölken form design center, Malmö

Group Exhibitions

Young Designers Furniture Fair Sthlm 1984&86
Bo -85 Sthlm 1985
Alla Prima Konstfrämjandet,Sthlm & Lidköping 1987
Things own space Liljievalchs Art Hall Sthlm 1987
Konstant –90 Sthlm 1988&Leningrad 1989
Design Sweden, Swdesih Institute Montevideo, Bobay, Bangalore, Ahmedabad & New Dehli 1990-91
Configure 1 Erfurt Swedish Embassy & Axis Building, Tokyo 1991
Expo-92, World fair Sevilla1992
Nordic Light London, 1993
Nordic Profiles Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg and in the arts&crafts museums in Sthlm,, Copenhagen, Oslo & Helsinki 1994-95
Stellwerk Disignzentrum Nordhein Westfalen, Essen, German design council, Frankfurt and Axis Bulding Tokyo 1995
Structures Röhsska Museum Gothenburg 1995
Good Design 1995 Chicago Atheneum Museum of architecture 1995
Swedish Form society 150 years jubilee Liiliewalchs art hall Sthlm& Röhsska Museum Gothenburg 1995
Smart China Exhibition, Galley Arosa 2000 Frankfurt 1996
Swedish Folk art, Museum of folk art, Santa Fe & Los Angeles 1995-97
Low Budget ” with Matthias Dietz, : Kunsthal Rotterdam 1995 , Röhsska design Museum Göteborg 1996, ‘Richard Meyer museum,Frankfurt 1996 och Centre Cultural de Belem, Lissabon 1997.
The Design church, reserachprject with Görel Byström 1996-97
Swap Your Life” för Sthlm- 98, ( Stockholm , culturecapital of Europe, in collaboration with Future Culture & Institute for Future Studies 1998.
Design&Photography Milan 1998
Experimenta 99 Centre cultural de Belem lissabon
First Biennale St Etienne 1999
Addenda 2 Hamar 1999
Roomservice H 99, housing exhibition/fair Helsingborg/Helsingör 1999
Sammeln, exhibition about collections, Walther Groupius bau, Museum de dinge, Berlin 2000
Drei Heilige könige, exhibition, Museum de angewante kunst, Köln 2000
Konstant 2000, St petersburg 2000
Broplan exhibition with Håkan Johnsson, Swedish state art fondation Sthlm 2000
Designfilmpool ( DFP ), filmshows in Stockholm Gothenborg och Berlin 2002, 2003 , 2004, DFP:s collaborationproject ”Shots on Brave New Worlds” in collaboration with Oliver Vogt 2004
Swedish Style Tokyo 2001
Classic 3 Sweden art Project Kortrijk 2001
Homy Bohusläns museum/arthall 2001
Lifespace Konstindustrimuseum Kopenhagen 2001
Bådhänt exhibition with artist Rolf Hansson, Gallery Aronowitch Sthllm 2001
Do not Disturb, Pezaro 2002
Mats Theselius custom Armchairs, Armory Show New York 2002
Something different IFAStuttgart 2004
Custom armchairs presentation Nilufar gallery Milano 2007
Shots on Brave new Worlds, presentation Design annual, Stylepark Frankfurt 2007
Miniskraper exhibition with Pernilla Magnusson, Stefan Andersson & Jonas Theselius
Malmo 2008
Shots on Brave new Worlds, presentation Uglycute space, Sthlm 2008
Shots on Brave new Worlds, presentation Vandalorum art hall Värnamo 2009
The rhythm of the magic drum installation DMY Berlin 2009
Experimenta design event Lissabon 2009


The Poodles eye, Mats Theselius Hype magazine nr 3/4 1989
Hundrov&Raketbränsle Mats Theselius Dagens Nyheter 11/12 1989
Furniture, Mats Theselius,text by Andreas Gedin 1990
Broplan, Mölndal :a projekt / by Mats Theselius & Håkan Johnsson,
Swedish state art fondation, 2000
Eremitens Koja, The Hermit´s Hut- book Mats Theselius editor Hype Magazine/Källemo 1991
A Nomad on the run, text by John Petter Nilsson, Ekelund/Tandan 1991
From the inner outskirts, Form magazine, text by editor Ulf Beckman 1991
European Masters edition Atrium, Barcelona 1992
Miljonprogrammet, The millionprogram- book Mats Theselius edotor MAMA architecture magazine 1993
Tracing the source of imagination, Interior Design nr 114 JID Japan 1994
Komrade Mats –book text by Jan Åman, Tamrina Timofejewa, Russian Culture Ministery& Swedish Embassy, Moscow 1994
Excalibur text by Andreas Gedin Danish Architecture magazine ARK nr 10 1994
A chair is born, by editor Ulf Beckman Form Magazine 1995
Low Budget, Der diskrete charme des Alltäglichen, text by Gerrit Krol, Interni magazine dec 1995
Kraschnyj Ugol text by Catti Lindahl, Jan Åman, Per Enerud, Ulf Beckman, Sara Ilstedt and Görel Byström Janarv
Identita text by Marco Romanelli, Abitare magazine march 1996
To shape the world text by Karen Louise Juhl Christensen, Malmö Museum 1997
The future designers text by Mats Theselius Katzenjammer magazine nr 2000
Mats Theselius Cowboyboots text by Mats Theselius Konstant 2000 Cathalogue St petersburg 2000
Designers recipe book various writers Swedish Form Society 2008


IKEA scholarship 1984
Swedish state art fondation. 1986 & 1988
Swedish Form society, travel scholarship 1989
Swedish Form society, design award 1991 & 1995
Comfort Prize, Du Pont, Cologne 1991
Dagens Nyheter (Daily News) design prize 1991
Bruno Mattsson prize 1997
Torsten & Wanja Söderbergs design prize 1997
International Yearbook of Design,” Victoria” for Authentics 1998
Red point, Design innovations 1998
Design Zentrum Nordrein Westfalen, ”POM ” for Brühl & Sippold 1998
Chair Of The Year Sköna Hem magazine 2001
The Object for Minus Tio, Wallpaper Design Awards 2011
Raval tile collection for Marrakech Design, Elle Interior 2011


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