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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 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.

Average Sold Price
US$4,436
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Iconic Designs from Bruno Mathsson
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Eva Chair
Eva Chair
Pernilla Chaise Longue
Pernilla Chaise Longue
Berlin Daybed
Berlin Daybed
Maria Folding Table
Maria Folding Table
Hein & Mathsson Superellipse Conference Table and 18 Van Severen Leather Chairs
By Piet Hein, Fabiaan Van Severen, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Fabiaan Van Severen 18 chairs in black leather, Fabiaan Van Severen, chairs, 18 patinated black leather, tubular steel, lace, Belgium, 1997 Distinct chair by Belgium designer ...
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20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Bruno Mathsson

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Metal

Rare Pernilla Chaise Longue by Bruno Mathsson for Firma Karl Mathsson
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare “Pernilla” Chaise Longue with wheels by Bruno Mathsson for Karl Mathsson. Made in Sweden circa 1940s. Retains original label Firma Karl Mathsson.
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1940s Swedish Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Canvas, Birch

Bruno Mathsson, Berit Drop-Leaf Side Table, Mathsson International AB, 1980s
By Mathsson International, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Uppsala, SE
Side table / folding table, model Berit, designed by Bruno Mathsson in the 1960s for Mathsson International AB. This example is from the 1980s. Table top of ash with chrome plated le...
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Chrome

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

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Birch

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

Midcentury Chaise Long Model Pernilla 3 Designed by Bruno Mathsson
By Karl Mathsson, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Lejre, DK
Bruno Mathsson lounge chair with original hemp webbing. Seat frame, arms and under frame of laminated beech. Produced by Firma Karl Mathsson, made in 1973. Great original condition ...
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Beech

Bruno Mathsson Side Table Produced by Karl Mathsson in Sweden
By Bruno Mathsson
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare side 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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Steel

Classic Modernist Bruno Mathsson Annika Table, for Karl Mathsson / Sweden
By Karl Mathsson, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Buffalo, NY
Nice diminutive modernist Annika side table designed by Bruno Mathsson for Karl Mathsson, Nice original condition, Signed underside.
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1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bruno Mathsson

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Birch, Maple

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Pernilla Chair and Ottoman
Pernilla Chair and Ottoman
Average Price
US$3,359
Number Available
5
Pernilla Chair and Ottoman
By Bruno Mathsson
Materials
Wood, Animal Skin, Bentwood, Fabric, Leather
Styles
Scandinavian Modern
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Book Crib
Book Crib
Average Price
US$3,644
Number Available
1
Book Crib
By Bruno Mathsson
Materials
Birch, Wood
Styles
Scandinavian Modern
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Jetson Lounge Chair and Footstool
Jetson Lounge Chair and Footstool
Average Price
US$4,000
Number Available
1
Jetson Lounge Chair and Footstool
By Bruno Mathsson
Materials
Animal Skin, Leather
Styles
Mid Century 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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