The “Imprimer le monde” exhibition

titanium 3D printing

Acquisition of the work by the Pompidou Centre

On show as part of the “Imprimer le Monde” exhibition 15 March to 3 July 2017 – Paris

Mathias Bengtsson
Growth Table Titanium, 2016

Titanium, 3D printing

(EBM®-Electron Beam Melting)

81 x 140 x 66 cm

Centre Pompidou, the national museum of modern art / industrial design centre, Paris.
Produced with the support of Initial, Prodways Group and the Maria Wettergren Gallery.
Purchased thanks to the support of the law firm De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés and the Society of friends of the Pompidou Centre’s Acquisition Committee for Design.

Pompidou centre et Initial 3D printing

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“I am trying to create a universe where we can grow things as nature would.”

Mathias Bengtsson
Mathias Bengtsson was born in Copenhagen in 1971 and now lives and works in Stockholm.
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titanium 3D printing

Pioneering experimental research

To create this work, Mathias Bengtsson developed brand new simulation software using a grid with around 1000 constraint parameters: mass, energy, gravity, pressure, etc. within which he allows algorithms to develop.

His process interprets the model of bone growth by cell division and differentiation.
The performances of living organisms are analysed and applied to the performances of materials to generate new complex forms that blur the boundaries between design, art, craftsmanship and scientific research.

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titanium 3D printing at Initial

Through this technological and artistic challenge, the artist Mathias Bengtsson was able to capitalise on Initial’s more than 25 years’ experience and unrivalled 3D printing expertise.


The Growth Table Titanium is the result of pioneering experimental research and was produced by titanium 3D printing based on the EBM® additive manufacturing process (Electron Beam Melting), which has the characteristic of using an electron beam to produce parts by metal powder sintering, specifically used in the aviation or defence industries.

Initial was commissioned to produce the Growth Table Titanium.
The work took 310 hours to produce and is made up of 22 titanium parts.
A technical feat for this extraordinary project: a unique and custom-made item.

Mathias BENGTSSON’s works

Mathias Bengtsson’s works (Slice Chair, Spun Chair, Growth Chair, 1998) combine craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. Mathias Bengtsson is one of the most innovative designers when it comes to digital technologies, which he uses to design objects with complex forms in new materials.
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Mathias Bengtsson (born in Copenhagen in 1971, now living and working in Stockholm) studied at the Royal College of Art and the Danish Design School in Copenhagen.

After founding his studio in 2002, he moved to Stockholm in 2007.
His works (Slice Chair, 1998, Spun Chair, 2002, Cellular Chair, 2011, Growth Chair, 2012) combine craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology and push the boundaries of what is sculpturally, technically and philosophically possible in terms of three-dimensional design.

Mathias Bengtsson is one of the most innovative designers when it comes to digital technologies, which he uses to design objects with complex forms in new materials.

His “computational design” is based on a language of algorithms, which is similar to the approach adopted by architects to generate forms using parametric calculations.

Mathias Bengtsson is recognised worldwide for his visually striking and technically innovative sculptures

Working with various processes and industrial materials, Bengtsson is always expanding the sculptural, technical and philosophical possibilities of three-dimensional design. He is constantly looking for new possibilities in terms of expression, and blurs the established boundaries between design, art, craftsmanship and new technologies.

Museum collections: Pompidou Centre, Paris France; MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; The Mint Museum of Art, North Carolina, USA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA; Montreal Museum of Art, Montreal, Canada; Frank Cohen Collection, Manchester, UK; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK; The Lowry, Manchester, UK; Cass Sculpture Foundation, West Sussex, UK; Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland; Danish Museum of Decorative Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Maria Wettergren, the Danish gallery owner, opened her gallery in Paris in 2010, having run the Galerie Dansk Moebelkunst in Paris for eight years.
Since then, she has exhibited works by the new scene’s leading Scandinavian designers and artists.

Three years after opening the Parisian gallery, Maria Wettergren was included in the American magazine, Art & Auction’s Power 100 list.
In 2014, she was awarded the Finn Juhl Prize for her international promotion of Scandinavian design.
The gallery’s artistic direction is characterised by a taste for experimental freedom, whether this is scientific, technological or relating to craftsmanship, which is embodied in works that render the boundaries between art, craftsmanship and design obsolete.

Sponsorship by the law firm De Gaulle Fleurance & associés

Artists have seized upon additive manufacturing as a new creative tool.
This technique also attracts engineers, businesses and other stakeholders interested in its industrial and commercial potential – with its many legal implications.
First and foremost with regard to intellectual property law (copyright, patents, trademarks and designs and models), which protects all forms of creation, ensuring the regulation, monitoring and punishment of any reproduction of a work or object that is not authorised by its copyright holder.

“Paving the way for a work of art to shed light on the legal issues surrounding 3D printing.”

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“Supporting Mathias Bengtsson’s Growth Table Titanium project offers the opportunity to demonstrate our position at the forefront of issues relating to intellectual property and new technologies.”
Louis de Gaulle