Bruno Mathsson

Swedish, 1907 - 1988
Bruno Mathsson (1907-1988) was a Swedish furniture designer and architect known for his innovative designs that combined modernism with traditional Swedish craft techniques. He was born into a family of furniture makers and designers and learned the craft from his father.
Mathsson's designs were characterized by their simplicity, functionality, and comfort. He was particularly known for his use of bentwood and laminated wood in his furniture, which allowed for flexible, ergonomic designs. He also experimented with new materials, such as fiberglass and steel, and his designs often featured organic, flowing shapes inspired by nature.
One of Mathsson's most famous designs is the Pernilla chair, which he designed in 1944. The chair features a curving, cantilevered frame made of laminated wood, with a comfortable, upholstered seat and backrest. The design was inspired by the shape of a human spine and was praised for its ergonomic design and elegant, modernist style.
Mathsson also designed several buildings and interiors in Sweden, including the Mathsson House in Värnamo, which he designed for his family in 1965. The house features many of his own designs, including custom furniture, lighting fixtures, and textiles.
Mathsson's designs were widely recognized and honored throughout his career, and he received numerous awards, including the Lunning Prize in 1954 and the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts' Prince Eugen Medal in 1978. Today, his designs remain highly sought after by collectors and design enthusiasts, and many of his pieces are considered iconic examples of mid-century modern design.
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