Easy Chair No.1 designed by Bruno Mathsson

£18,000
Code
6318
'Easy Chair No. 1' with fixed reading stand in solid & laminated beech with plaited leather straps and a linen head cushion
(the head rest is not original)

Designed by Bruno Mathsson (1907 - 1988) in 1934

Manufactured by Karl Mathsson, Varnamo, Sweden

Mathsson's series of beech laminated chairs - working, easy & lounge - were born out of a commission in 1930 for chairs at Värnamo Hospital; the brief being comfort without traditional sprung upholstery. Unloved by the hospital staff, Mathsson continued to develop the design and technique between 1933 & 1936; studying the "mechanics of sitting" to find the perfect curvature.

In March 1936, his designs were exhibited in Gothenburg at the Röhsska Arts & Crafts Museum, widening his audience and placing him at the forefront of Swedish designers at the time. Röhsska holds an example of the offered chair in its permanent collection (RKM 71-1968) which may be the prototype, as its front stretcher sits much closer to the floor.

The following year saw him exhibiting - and winning a Grand Prix - at the Paris Expo which launched him internationally; the result being a commission from Edgar Kaufmann Jr. who ran the design department at MOMA in New York. He also exhibited furniture at the World Expo in New York and at San Francisco's Golden Gate Exhibition in the Swedish Pavilion.
H 85cm x W 65cm x D 100cm
H 33½" x W 25¾" x D 39½"
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