Karakter design journal

Spotlight: Bruno Mathsson

Bruno Mathsson - Swedish furniture designer and architect
1907 - 1988

Bruno Mathsson, well known for functional, modern designs, came from a long line of cabinet makers and was taught from an early age the skills needed to follow in his fathers footsteps. He went on to become one of the most famous furniture designers of our time.

His use of bent plywood and woven textiles resulted in some of his most well known and praised furniture designs, like the Paris Daybed pictured.

We are particularly enamoured with Mathsson's Summer House in Frösakull, Sweden which Bruno Mathsson designed himself for he and his family in 1960.  The house clearly shows that being close to nature and the importance of function and simplicity were forefront in Mathssons thoughts and designs. With it's movable walls and stove on wheels, it feels like it would slot well into a warm slice of New Zealand countryside. Also known as the House of Tomorrow, it fell into disrepair once sold but thankfully was privately bought in the early 2000s and has been thoughtfully restored and furnished by it's new owners. Newly acquired vintage pieces by Bruno Mathesson now sit along side original furnishings.

We currently have The Supercircular coffee table by Bruno Mathsson, Piet Hein and Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen in stock and online.

Image credits: Pamono, Homes2tiny, Smalandsskinnmanufaktur, Fritz Hansen, Mid2Mod