Early and Rare Bruno Mathsson Model 36 Easy Chair with Footrest For Sale
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Early and Rare Bruno Mathsson Model 36 Easy Chair with Footrest


Early and rare easy chair, model 36, plus footrest, with a steam-bent beech plywood frame and original canvas webbing under vintage sheepskin upholstery. The easy chair is an early version with uniformly thick legs and stretchers near the floor. These details were changed for subsequent production. In fine vintage condition, with a deep patina to the wood. The chair has its original paper label indicating a design date of 1936 and a production date (by Firma Karl Mathsson) of 1941; the footrest has a label indicating a design and production year of 1941. Price is for both pieces. Measurements are overall; the chair itself measures 40 inches wide.


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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Fine vintage condition. The wood has a nice deep patina; the original canvas webbing is in fine shape, and the sheepskin is holding up well with minor wear consistent with age and use.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 31 in. x W 68 in. x D 31 in.H 78.74 cm x W 172.72 cm x D 78.74 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
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About Bruno Mathsson (Designer)

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 these pages, make him a creator whose pieces meet all tastes and needs.

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