The Bruno Mathsson Story
Bruno transforms rigidity into relaxation. His handcrafted carpentry techniques and grasp of advanced technological industrial production harmoniously interweave contemporary design with casual comfort. Each chair, each table features distinct aspects of his unique talents: secure, structural table joints are complemented by smooth, sloping chair armrests, offering both modern minimalism and warm approachability. The designs are a feast for the eyes (and offer repose for the weary). This is one dinner party you won't want to miss.
Why We Love Bruno Mathsson
A cabinet maker by trade, Swedish designer Bruno Mathsson grew up with a love for the pliable and emotive properties of wood. But as for traditional cabinet-making, Mathsson wanted more. A self-taught designer and functionalist movement enthusiast, Mathsson latched on to the "bent wood" technique and started building chairs for both the office and the home, gaining international recognition at the World Fair in Paris in 1937. This allowed him to travel the globe, meeting designer greats like Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles and Ray Eames. Mathsson passed away in 1988. Today, Mathsson's designs are available from The Republic of Fritz Hansen.
Noteworthy Products by Bruno Mathsson
The Super-Elliptical Shaker Base Table, designed in partnership with Piet Hein and Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, was inspired by Hein's solution to a traffic problem--a super elliptical roundabout--and serves as a seating solution as well. When at the Super-Elliptical, all guests are equal.
In His Own Words
Describing his study on three chair models (work chair, easy chair and lounge chair), Mathsson explains, "The reason I concentrated on three types (of chairs) to start with was not that I couldn't come up with more variations, but that I had sworn an oath to make them acceptable before I introduced anything new."