"Foundrywood was born from the synergistic fusion of Brooklyn’s industrial edge with the pure and modern lines of Scandinavian design."
Based in New York City and designed by Mats Christéen, Foundrywood produces an artisanal furniture collection that amplifies the natural beauty of organic and often reclaimed materials, all sustainably sourced.
The Mats Christéen collection for Foundrywood offers unconstrained and very limited edition pieces meticulously handcrafted by Mats himself, while Foundrywood offers more approachable versions from the same unwavering vision. With several collections released each year, each and every piece retains its own unique inspiration as revealed through the sedulous hands of a skilled craftsman.
Mats Christéen’s path to founding his furniture collection has been as inevitable as it has been unconventional and indirect.
Raised in a culture where skillfully wielding a hammer was as likely as playing with Legos, Mats’ fondest early memories include laboring alongside his father building houses as well as the furniture to fill them. Scouring vintage stores and estate sales, Mats spent his youth rescuing and reimagining discarded treasures into objects unrecognizably fresh and new.
As expected of many Swedes, Mats also began to skate shortly after learning to walk. Promptly distinguishing himself at the hockey rink as a talent to watch, he was propelled into a professional hockey career at only 17, and was soon drafted by the National Hockey League (NHL).
The attention brought the notice of fashion scouts, and Mats found himself juggling the unlikely amalgamation of a successful high-fashion modeling career alongside the demands of professional hockey. The two worlds collided when a puck to the mouth knocked out his two front teeth the day before a coveted campaign photo shoot.
While most can only dream of such high profile pursuits, Mats happily relinquished them for the inescapable return to his first and primary passion, design.