Mathieu Gustafsson has his roots both in Paris and in the Swedish province of Småland – the heart of the Swedish furniture industry. It is from differences and similarities between the two cultures that Mathieu fetches much of his inspiration. His creative process often starts with becoming aware of a need or a way of behaving, rather than with an object as such. Professionally, Mathieu has a background in graphic design, furniture making and furniture design. He currently runs a design studio at leading Swedish architectural practice Tengbom, focusing on furniture and industrial design. He is also creative director for furniture manufacturer Grand.