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Bruno Mathsson Daybed Model Berlin Produced by Karl Mathsson in Sweden

US$8,839.92

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Rare daybed model Berlin designed by Bruno Mathsson. Produced by Karl Mathsson in Värnamo, Sweden.

Details

  • Creator
    Bruno Mathsson (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 49 cm (19.3 in.)Width: 107 cm (42.13 in.)Depth: 203 cm (79.93 in.)Seat Height: 40 cm (15.75 in.)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1962
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Malmo, SE
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 1213061stDibs: LU1050817913562

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  • Shipping
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Malmö, Sweden
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About the Design

Berlin Daybed

Designed by Bruno Mathsson
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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