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Bruno Mathsson

Swedish, 1907-1988

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 iconic lounge chairs, tables, armchairs and other works, yet he was also a ceaseless experimenter, who constantly searched for improvements in form, materials and methods of design.

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 made him a creator whose pieces meet all tastes and needs.

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Bruno Mathsson Eva Chair
Bruno Mathsson Eva Chair
Pernilla Chaise Longue
Pernilla Chaise Longue
Bruno Mathsson Pernilla Chair
Bruno Mathsson Pernilla Chair
Bruno Mathsson Berlin Daybed
Bruno Mathsson Berlin Daybed
Scandinavian modern coffee tables 'Annika' by Bruno Mathsson, Sweden, 1950s
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Eskilstuna, SE
Beautiful set of coffee tables or nesting tables designed by Bruno Mathsson for Firma Karl Mathsson, Sweden, during the 1950s. Elegant design. Curly birch top with beautiful cond...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bruno Mathsson

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Beech, Birch

Bruno Mathsson "Pernilla" Chaise Longue Chair in Patinated Saddle Leather, 1964
By Bruno Mathsson, Firma Karl Mathsson
Located in Odense, DK
Bruno Mathssons iconic "Pernilla" Chaise Longue made in 1964 at Firma Karl Mathsson, Sweden. Edition with patinated saddle leather. Solid birchwood with a beautiful warm patina. Equi...
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Leather, Sheepskin

1950s Side Table by Bruno Mathsson for Firma Karl Mathsson, Sweden
By Firma Karl Mathsson, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1950s Side table by Bruno Mathsson for Firma Karl Mathsson, Värnamo, Sweden. Designed in 1942 the table have the signature curvy legs that also features in many of Bruno Mathsson des...
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Birch

Armchair Model Mina Made In Beech By Bruno Mathsson
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Lejre, DK
This armchair, known as Model Mina, represents an exemplary piece of furniture design created by renowned Swedish designer Bruno Mathsson. The chair is constructed from bent beech, w...
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1980s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Beech

Bruno Mathsson Pernilla Lounge Chair with Ottoman, annivesary edition
By Bruno Mathsson, Dux of Sweden
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Bruno Mathsson Pernilla lounge chair with ottoman, original upholstery in fabric. Frame in black lacquered beech. Made by DUX. This is a special editon celebrating Bruno Mathsson ...
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1980s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Leather, Beech

Bruno Mathsson Lounge Chair "Pernilla 2" w. Ottoman, Karl Mathsson, 1972
By Bruno Mathsson, Firma Karl Mathsson
Located in Odense, DK
Wonderfully patinated "Pernilla 2" lounge chair by Bruno Marthsson. This example was manufactured in 1972 by Firma Karl Mathsson, Värnamo, Sweden. The chair and ottoman retains the o...
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Linen

Pernilla Leather Lounge Chair and foot stool by Bruno Mathsson for DUX
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Chesham, GB
A Pernilla leather lounge chair and foot stool. Designed by Bruno Mathsson and made by Dux. 1960s. Leather and canvas on a bentwood beech frame, organic in form. Bruno Mathsson (...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bruno Mathsson

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Leather, Beech

Sofa in Pierre Frey Fabric, Sweden circa 1961
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Culver City, CA
Sweden circa 1961 Model T201, designed by Bruno Mathsson. Newly upholstered in Pierre Frey fabric. 93”L x 36”d x 30.5”h x 16”seat
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1960s Swedish Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Fabric, Wood

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Bruno Mathsson Eva Chair
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Bruno Mathsson Berlin Daybed
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With its long mattress gently elevated on a molded wooden frame, the Berlin daybed created by Bruno Mathsson (1907–88) offers a simple space for relaxation and reveals the Swedish architect as a pioneer in ergonomic furniture design.While outwardly minimal, its four tapered legs with their sculptural details reflect Mathsson’s technical innovations in working with wood. The Berlin daybed — an update of the “lounge bed” he introduced at the 1937 Paris Exposition — debuted at the 1957 Internati...
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Bruno Mathsson furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Bruno Mathsson furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Bruno Mathsson were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Arne Norell, Carl Malmsten, and Dux of Sweden. Prices for Bruno Mathsson furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $142 and can go as high as $37,426, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,502.

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