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Early Bruno Mathsson model 36 easy chair
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Highland, IN
Among the earliest of Bruno Mathsson's designs is this rare model 36 easy chair. It features interesting details that were changed in later production. The legs are uniform in thickn...
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Vintage 1930s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Beech, Leather

  • Early Bruno Mathsson model 36 easy chair
  • Early Bruno Mathsson model 36 easy chair
  • Early Bruno Mathsson model 36 easy chair
  • Early Bruno Mathsson model 36 easy chair
H 30.5 in. W 22.5 in. D 40.5 in.
Bruno Mathsson "Vilstol 36 / Model 36" Easy Chair, 1960s
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare easy chair by Bruno Mathsson "Model 36" or "Vilstol 36" as it's called produced by Bruno Mathsson in Värnamo, Sweden in 1968. Leather seating is newer but changed many years ago...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Birch

Early and Rare Bruno Mathsson Model 36 Easy Chair with Footrest
By Bruno Mathsson, Firma Karl Mathsson
Located in New York, NY
Early and rare easy chair, model 36, plus footrest, with a steam-bent beech plywood frame and original canvas webbing under vintage sheepskin upholstery. The easy chair is an early v...
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Sheepskin, Fabric, Beech

Rare Pre-War Edition Bruno Mathsson Model 36 Easy Chair Sweden 1933-1936
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
The Model 36 by Swedish Architect and Designer Bruno Mathsson is a fine example of the modernist vision of the Scandinavian designers The easy chair was originally designed in 193...
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Vintage 1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Birch, Leather, Plywood

Bruno Mathsson Lounge Chair Model 36 by Karl Mathsson in Sweden
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare and early lounge chair model 36 designed by Bruno Mathsson. Produced in Karl Mathsson in Värnamo, Sweden.
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Vintage 1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chaise Longues

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Birch

Early Bruno Mathsson Chaise model 36 by Karl Mathsson
Located in Utrecht, NL
Early 'chaise' model 36 by Bruno Mathsson, Karl Mathsson, Sweden. Beech steam-bent frame with woven canvas webbing. a beautiful silhouette with high comfort in wonderful condition.
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Vintage 1930s Swedish Chaise Longues

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Wood, Canvas

Model 36 Chaise by Bruno Mathsson
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Oaks, PA
Model 36 chaise by Bruno Mathsson, expertly restored.
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chaise Longues

Materials

Bentwood, Canvas

  • Model 36 Chaise by Bruno Mathsson
  • Model 36 Chaise by Bruno Mathsson
  • Model 36 Chaise by Bruno Mathsson
  • Model 36 Chaise by Bruno Mathsson
H 32.5 in. W 19.5 in. D 63.63 in.
Bruno Mathsson Lounge Chair Model 36 by Karl Mathsson in Sweden
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare and early lounge chair model 36 designed by Bruno Mathsson. Produced in Karl Mathsson in Värnamo, Sweden.
Category

Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Birch

Early Sculptural Chaise Model 36 by Bruno Mathsson, Sweden, 1950s
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Utrecht, NL
Early 'chaise' model 36 by Bruno Mathsson, Karl Mathsson, Sweden. Beech steam-bent frame with original woven canvas webbing. A very beautiful silhouette with high comfort in wonder...
Category

Vintage 1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chaise Longues

Materials

Canvas, Bentwood

Bruno Mathsson Biography and Important Works

As the descendant of four generations of Swedish master cabinetmakers, Bruno Mathsson was born to design furniture. Mathsson was known as a methodical perfectionist who made usefulness the fundamental attribute of his works, yet he was also a ceaseless experimenter, who constantly searched for improvements in form, materials and methods of making.

Like the Finnish designer Alvar Aalto, Mathsson was one of the first Scandinavians to embrace undulating, biomorphic forms in furniture. His early pieces such as the Eva and Pernilla series of chairs incorporate dramatically flowing bent beechwood frames, making them some of the most instantly recognizable works of 20th-century design. Mathsson was also a pioneer of ergonomics — he is said to have based the contours of his chairs on the impression his body made when he sat in a snow bank — and used supple, accommodating woven webbing for seats. His concern for practicality is shown by pieces such as the Maria table. An elegant design with gate legs and hinged leaves, the table measures more than nine feet long when fully extended, but folds down to just nine inches in thickness.

From the mid-1940s through the 1950s, Mathsson focused on architecture, designing and building houses with insulated, triple-glazed window walls and heated floors — construction that flew in the face of traditional wood-clad Swedish residential design, and consequently met with some skepticism. He returned to furniture in the 1960s, employing an entirely new suite of materials: Stainless-steel framing and mesh seats feature in pieces like the Jetson chair; with the mathematician Piet Hein, Mathsson designed the Super-Elliptical table, which has a laminate top and four-part tubular steel legs that sprout like flower stems from a single base. 

Bruno Mathsson’s stylistic flexibility as a designer, as you will see from the works on 1stDibs, make him a creator whose pieces meet all tastes and needs.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality lounge furniture cannot be overstated. Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other seating — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless styles in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other furnishings — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.