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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 International Building Exhibition in Berlin, which showcased contemporary urban living.

Each element of the Berlin daybed was conceived with optimal support in mind. Mathsson was influenced by the aesthetics of fellow Scandinavian designers Alvar Aalto and Gunnar Asplund, but he prioritized human comfort. Mathsson observed how people positioned themselves on furniture and made anatomical studies of posture. This guided his furniture design, which began in the 1930s. Born into a family of cabinetmakers, Mathsson also understood the properties of wood and its untapped potential. By laminating and bending the material, he molded lightweight forms that would fit the body. Mathsson conducted various experiments with seating and chair backs, all of which had curved dynamic lines, a contrast to Bauhaus-style hard angles, which were then dominating modernism.

Despite his international success, Mathsson never opened his own firm. His Berlin daybed entered production at his father’s studio, Firma Karl Mathsson, in his hometown of Värnamo, in 1964. Such intimate oversight gives this and the other pieces of Mathsson’s furniture that were manufactured by his father’s firm — all constructed with the natural materials that characterize Scandinavian mid-century design — an enduring quality.

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Swedish Modern Berlin Daybed T303 by Bruno Mathsson 1960
By Firma Karl Mathsson, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Sublime stamped Berlin daybed model #T303 designed by Bruno Mathsson for Firma Karl Mathsson in Varnamo, Sweden 1960. Crafted from blonde beechwood in the Scandinavian modern style o...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Daybeds

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Beech

Bruno Mathsson Berlin Daybed
By Firma Karl Mathsson, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Oakland, CA
Rare version of model "Berlin" daybed designed in the 1930s by Bruno Mathsson for Firma Karl Mathsson, made in Sweden. Production year 1963. Frame-platform is constructed of steam-b...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Daybeds

Materials

Birch, Fabric

Berlin T303 Daybed by Bruno Mathsson
By Firma Karl Mathsson, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Portland, OR
Rare model Berlin daybed by Bruno Mathsson in Beech. Platform daybed features lovely sculptural lines and it’s quality construction makes it e...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Daybeds

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Beech

Rare 'Berlin' Daybed by Bruno Mathsson for Karl Mathsson, 1957
By Karl Mathsson, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Antwerpen, VAN
A rare and beautiful ‘Berlin’ daybed designed by Bruno Mathsson for Karl Mathsson in 1957. It was first shown in 1957 at the International Building Exhibition in Berlin where it rece...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Daybeds

Materials

Wool, Beech

Original Vintage "Berlin 57" Daybed by Bruno Mathsson Signed
By Bruno Mathsson
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A totally original piece from Bruno Mathsson for Firma Karl Mathsson, with a newly upholstered cushion in a cotton/linen thick weave natural fabric (preserving the original design). ...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Daybeds

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Cotton, Linen, Beech

1950’s Bruno Mathsson ‘T-303’ ‘Berlin daybed’ in Beech
By Karl Mathsson, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Madrid, ES
Daybed Model T-303 designed by Bruno Mathsson for Karl Mathsson. Sweden 1950’s. This model was first presented at the International Building Exhibition in Berlin, as a result it is...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Daybeds

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Upholstery, Beech, Plywood

'Berlin 57' Daybed by Bruno Mathsson for Firma Karl Mathsson
By Firma Karl Mathsson, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
A totally original piece from Bruno Mathsson dated 1968 and with fresh new cover in sand Alpaca fur by Pierre Frey with leather buttons. This model was originally shown at the Berlin...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Daybeds

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Beech

Bruno Mathsson Daybed Model Berlin Produced by Karl Mathsson in Sweden
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare daybed model Berlin designed by Bruno Mathsson. Produced by Karl Mathsson in Värnamo, Sweden.
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Daybeds

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Leather, Beech

Berlin Daybed by Bruno Mathsson Sweden, circa 1960
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in New York, NY
Chic "Berlin" daybed by Swedish modern master, Bruno Mathsson. Made by Firma Karl Mathsson Sweden, circa 1960 Molded Beech, new upholstery Measures: 80" L x 40" W x 18.5" H. Bruno M...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Daybeds

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Upholstery, Beech

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