Chris Martin migrated from Britain to Sweden because of his passion for Scandinavian design. Today, he co-runs the Stockholm-based design studio Massproductions and is the winner of the largest Nordic design award, the Bruno Mathsson Prize.
DESIGNER CHRIS MARTIN has been awarded the Bruno Mathsson Prize for 2020. British-born Martin moved to Stockholm in the 1990s to work as a freelancer for IKEA, and founded the furniture company Massproductions together with Magnus Elebäck in 2009.
The board of the Karin and Bruno Mathsson Foundation defines Martin's style as "super normal", a combination of spectacular and functional, sustainable design.
“He elevates archetypical elements to artistic heights, with humour and playfulness at a level that can withstand repetition within the series. With technical skill and artistic talent, he contributes to the enrichment of furnished living spaces,” the board described.
During his Massproduction years, Martin has harnessed his skills into industrially manufactured furniture characterized by exceptional quality, responsibility and modern Scandinavian vibe. He names the legendary Swedish architect Bruno Mathsson as one of his inspirers.
“Bruno Mathsson is part of the Scandinavian design heritage which attracted me to Sweden 25 years ago. I’m an admirer of both his design and his commitment to taking control of his own production, something myself and Magnus Elebäck have also taken on as a challenge for the last 12 years. This award gives us further confidence and means to carry our project forwards,” Martin commented.
There will not be a public prize ceremony in 2020, but in the fall, the Vandalorum Museum of Art and Design in Sweden will host an exhibition on Chris Martin's work.
Text: Nora Uotila Images: Massproductions