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Dining set - Super Ellipse Dining Table by Piet Hein - including 8 chairs

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Super Ellipse table designed by Piet Hein and Bruno Mathsson for Fritz Hansen + 8 stacking chairs. A rare version of the Super Ellipse table constructed from laminated Beech wood. This version, (fully labelled and stamped underneath) was produced in 1985 and is particularly rare as it features solid Beech legs as opposed to chrome or steel. The legs are very clever as they simply clip in and out of their locating points at each corner which means that the table can be easily disassembled if required to be moved or stored. It’s a stunning main centrepiece to a dining room or kitchen but also very useful if you have a small space and need a table stored away for dinner parties, or need an extra table for Xmas. It’s paired with 8 Magnus Olsen Danish stacking chairs which are a perfect fit with the wood and colour of the table as they constructed of solid Beech wood backs and blue upholstery. The contour of the chairs not only make them comfortable to sit in but also match the simple elliptical curves of the table form. Because the chairs easily stack the table could be used with either 4, 6 or, at a push, 8 chairs as shown in the photos. Overall the set is in very good condition given the vintage table is 33 years old. However there are some small marks in the table top (detailed in the photos using a £1 coin as a scale reference for size) and a few small marks on the chairs with a very light small stain on one that I could not actually get to show up in a photo. Having said that these marks are not that visible when looking at the table and chairs as a whole as opposed to focusing on the marks themselves. It has been priced with this in mind and if you do compare the price of this set with anything you’ll find on the internet in this design you will find that the set is very well priced overall. The concept of the Super Ellipse table goes back to the Danish mathematician and philosopher Piet Hein who used a mathematical model to design the table top. It is therefore constructed in such a way that every sitter has an advantageous link to the table form between an ellipse and rectangle, making maximum use of the dimensions of the table. It was originally designed in 1968 in conjunction with two of the most famous Danish designers in history, Bruno Mathsson and Arne Jacobsen. Then, as now, it is produced by Fritz Hansen who still continue produce this high quality table in a range of sizes and tops – but no longer produce it with solid wooden legs. This table is the largest version of the kind produced without the use of extension leaves, this is why it was produced in laminate rather than solid wood which could have bowed over the years. Table dimensions H 71 cms x W 180 cms x D 120 cms Chairs dimensions H 70.5 cms x W 59 cms x D 46 cms.

Details

  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 27.76 in. x W 23.23 in. x D 18.12 in.H 70.5 cm x W 59 cm x D 46 cm
  • Seat Height
    17.72 in. (45 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Highclere, GB
  • Sold As
    Set of 9
  • Reference Number
    LU4278212829102
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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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