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Designer Name: Bruno Mathsson
Born-Died: 1907 – 1988
Style: Modernist but functional furniture designs.
Materials Used: Wood, birch, and teak.
Specialized In: Furniture and Lighting.
History of designer: Bruno Mathsson was renowned as a Swedish furniture designer. He was born in Värnamo and followed his father’s footsteps into the carpentry business and developed a unique technique for creating wooden chairs. The technique involved bending the components and gluing them into place, under the pressure of hot water.
In 1930, The Värnamo Hospital commissioned him to create a design for a new chair. The chair he designed was known as the Grasshopper. It had no upholstery and was created by covering a wooden birch framework with plaited webbing. The hospital did not like the chair design and did not use any of his chairs. However, after his name became well known, they were soon resurrected!
Bruno Mathsson researched the mechanics of sitting and all of his chair designs were created with comfort in mind. In 1936, he held his exhibition in Gothenburg and his designs were viewed by many. The exhibition was a great success and led to his breakthrough as a leading designer. In 1937, he won a Grand Prix at the Paris Expo for his bed "Paris". This led to exhibitions in other areas, including the Golden Gate-exhibition in San Francisco. In the 1950’s,he used his design flair to create houses in a framework of steel and glass.
NY Showplace carries some of this leading designer’s work, such as the Maria dining table.
This 'Maria' dining table was designed by Bruno Mathsson in Denmark, ca. 1960's.
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