Pelikan Design was co-founded in 1978 by Niels Gammelgaard (1944) and Lars Mathiesen (1950). They are both architects by education from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1970 and 1977 respectively.
They have worked within a broad spectrum of industrial design and designed hundreds of products ranging from small pencils, children's tricycles, hospital beds to furniture.
With regard to furniture design Pelikan Design has a distinguished position among Danish designers. From the start of their careers they have clearly broken with the carpentry furniture tradition - instead they are known for their upholstered and steel furniture.