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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 Maria Folding Table
Bruno Mathsson Maria Folding Table
Bruno Mathsson Pernilla Chair
Bruno Mathsson Pernilla Chair
Bruno Mathsson Chaise Longue
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Hudson, NY
Iconic chaise longue by Swedish designer Bruno Mathsson, in bent birchwood with canvas weave fabric and brown leather head rest, designed in 1960's, Scandinavian modern.
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Birch

  • Bruno Mathsson Chaise Longue
  • Bruno Mathsson Chaise Longue
  • Bruno Mathsson Chaise Longue
  • Bruno Mathsson Chaise Longue
H 36 in. W 25.5 in. D 65 in.
“Annika” Coffee Table by Bruno Mathsson
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
“Annika” coffee table by Bruno Mathsson, made from birch with a round root table top. Beautiful curved legs. This is an early edition made in the 1930s, gracefully aged.
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1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Birch

Bruno Mathsson Side Table Produced by Karl Mathsson in Värnamo, Sweden
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare side / magazine table designed by Bruno Mathsson. Produced by Karl Mathsson in Värnamo, Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Metal

Bruno Mathsson Book Crib Model T-704 by Karl Mathsson in Sweden
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare and early book crib T-704 designed by Bruno Mathsson. Produced by Karl Mathsson in Värnamo, Sweden. A pair is available.
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Birch

Rare Bruno Mathsson "Maria Flap" Folding Table in Oak, Karl Mathsson
By Bruno Mathsson, Firma Karl Mathsson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very rare and early Maria flap dining table designed by Bruno Mathsson. Produced by Karl Mathsson in Värnamo, Sweden. Rare addition in Oak and Beechwood.
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1960s Swedish Modern Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Oak

1980s Rectangular Dining Table by Piet Hein, Bruno Mathsson and Arne Jacobsen
By Bruno Mathsson, Piet Hein, Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen
Located in Praha, CZ
- Newly veneered in Ziricote wood - Completely refurbished.
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1980s Danish Industrial Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Wood

Bruno Mathsson 'Eva' Lounge Chair
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage 'Eva' lounge chair designed by Bruno Mathsson for Firma Karl Mathsson, Sweden. Bentwood beech frame and legs with new leather strap upholstery. 16" seat height. Signed by the...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Leather, Beech, Bentwood

  • Bruno Mathsson 'Eva' Lounge Chair
  • Bruno Mathsson 'Eva' Lounge Chair
  • Bruno Mathsson 'Eva' Lounge Chair
  • Bruno Mathsson 'Eva' Lounge Chair
H 33 in. W 19.5 in. D 25 in.
Birch Coffee Table by Bruno Mathsson, Karl Mathsson, Sweden, 1973
By Bruno Mathsson, Firma Karl Mathsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Coffee table by Bruno Mathsson, made from birch. Very low design, with elegantly rounded corners and curved legs.
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1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Bruno Mathsson

Materials

Birch

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Bruno Mathsson Eva Chair
Bruno Mathsson Eva Chair
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$4,125
Number Available
18
Bruno Mathsson Eva Chair
By Bruno Mathsson
Materials
Wood, Animal Skin, Beech, Hardwood, Leather, Fabric
Styles
Scandinavian Modern, Mid Century Modern
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Pernilla Chaise Longue
Pernilla Chaise Longue
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$9,003
Number Available
8
Pernilla Chaise Longue
By Bruno Mathsson
Materials
Wood, Birch, Fabric, Animal Skin, Sheepskin, Beech, Hardwood
Styles
Scandinavian Modern
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Bruno Mathsson Maria Folding Table
Bruno Mathsson Maria Folding Table
Average Price
$9,437
Number Available
6
Bruno Mathsson Maria Folding Table
By Bruno Mathsson
Materials
Wood, Beech, Hardwood, Teak, Brass, Metal
Styles
Scandinavian Modern
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Bruno Mathsson Pernilla Chair
Bruno Mathsson Pernilla Chair
Average Price
$3,434
Number Available
5
Bruno Mathsson Pernilla Chair
By Bruno Mathsson
Materials
Wood, Birch, Fabric
Styles
Scandinavian Modern
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Bruno Mathsson furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Bruno Mathsson furniture is available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Bruno Mathsson collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 157 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Bruno Mathsson were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Scandinavian Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Carl Malmsten, Folke Ohlsson and Dux of Sweden. The prices for Bruno Mathsson furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$595 and tops out at US$40,273, while pieces like these can sell for US$5,203 on average.

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