- CreatorBruno Mathsson (Designer)
- Of the Period
- Place of origin
- Date of manufacturecirca 1930s
- Materials and techniques
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
H 30.32 in. x W 57.09 in. x D 20.48 in.
H 77 cm x W 145 cm x D 52 cm
- Seat height11.03 in. (28 cm)
- Seller locationMalmo, SE
- Seller reference number21717
- Reference numberLU105084144193
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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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Swedish Pernilla Lounge Chair with Ottoman by B...
Bruno Mathsson, Karl Mathsson
Swedish Lounge Chairs
This is a very early example of Mathssons Pernilla. Very nice patination on the leather straps. With the old labels and hand dated 44 (1944). It is very rare to find such an early m...
Chaise Longue “Pernilla” Designed by Bruno Math...
Bruno Mathsson, Karl Mathsson
Swedish Chaise Longues
Brass, Birch, Paper
Chaise longue “Pernilla” designed by Bruno Mathsson for Karl Mathsson, Sweden, 1944. Bent birch, solid birch, brass and original paper webbing. Very rare model with wheels. ...
Early and Rare Bruno Mathsson Model 36 Easy Cha...
Bruno Mathsson, Firma Karl Mathsson
Sheepskin, Fabric, Beech
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 v...