1907-1988

Bruno Mathsson

Bruno Mathsson was a Swedish designer and innovator who never tired of creating. A self taught designer, Bruno was deeply inspired by the ‘Functionalism’ movement and was fascinated with the challenge of designing functional furniture that retained a highly technical quality.  

His father was a fifth generation carpenter who taught Bruno the necessary skills and an understanding of the characteristics of wood as well as technical knowledge. Bruno’s career began in his father’s workshop where he found a  his passion for furniture – especially chairs. He educated himself through detailed study of art books and magazines.

Bruno created a wide range of designs for both furniture and buildings. He even created new building techniques and innovative materials such as window panes called the ‘Brunopane’ and concrete plates equipped with electric underfloor heating. However it was with furniture he had most success. He  produced a wide range of designs in both wood and steel. In a collaboration with the Danish poet and mathematician Piet Hein, he developed the Superellipse table and the Spanleg.

Bruno Mathsson was a bold and innovative designer who lived with and for his art, he had a tireless passion  to create new furniture for a new time and kept designing right up to his death in 1986. His legacy is timeless design that is both artistic and practical, whilst appearing modern, fresh and functional.

The Jetson

Bruno’s worked on his Easychair ‘The Jetson’ for three years before presenting it at an exhibition at Nordiska Galleriet in Stockholm in 1969. A sleek chair built for comfort, the design is minimal.  A steel seat and supporting web of black close polyester with a leather or fabric cover and a headrest . The frame and solid steel base are Chromium Plated. In true Bruno style the easychair swivels and is equipped with a self return mechanism he designed. The Jetson is still produced by the original production house DUX in Sweden.

 

Pernilla

Early in his career Bruno carefully studied at the mechanics of sitting. He also began experimenting with the techniques of bending laminated wood which retained strength and enabled minimalist design. Between 1933 and 1936 these endeavours resulted in three basic chairs he called ‘working,’ ‘easy’ and ‘lounge-chair’ These chairs were all designed using a one piece frame covered with plaited webbing supported by separate bent laminated legs. Designed in 1944 The classic armchairs  Pernilla and Pernilla 2 are named after the well-known food and lifestyle journalist, Pernilla Tunberger. Timeless and comfortable, they are still in production today with a slightly refined design as ‘Pernilla 69’

 

Super-Elliptical Table

In 1966 Bruno created the Super-Elliptic  table series with Piet Hein. Together with the Danish poet and mathematician  he developed the Superellipse table and the Spanleg. The patented method of connecting expansion legs simplifies the combination of table-leaves into different sizes and formations of tables. The oval table, was inspired by the designer Piet Hein’s solution to a traffic problem at an intersection in Stockholm: A super elliptical roundabout. This variation of an oval possessed some attractive qualities and looked surprisingly harmonious no matter the size. The tables with the expansion legs are still in production today.

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