Bruno Mathsson Architect and Designer Dag Widman, Karin Winter, Nina Stritzler-Levine

Publication date:
25 Oct 2006
Other Distribution
224 pages: 305 x 229mm
80 b-w + 120 color illus.
Sales territories:
World excluding Sweden


A complete survey of the life and work of master designer Bruno Mathsson, whose archetypal Modernist chair is admired worldwide

The sensuously undulant lines of Bruno Mathsson's furniture designs made him one of the leading figures of Swedish modernism in the 1930s. Chairs that adapted to their occupant with graceful natural curves became his trademark and have been in continuous production for more than fifty years. In his less familiar architectural work, Mathsson (1907-1988) applied the same principles of innovative comfortable living. Throughout his work the connections between design and ergonomics, aesthetics and innovative materials, energy saving and environmental concerns resonate for designers today. This book surveys Mathsson's output as an architect and designer as well as his relationships with American architects and designers including Frank Lloyd-Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, and Hans Knoll. Extensive illustrations include unpublished photographs of his Mathsson’s work in situ.

Dag Widman was formerly chief curator of applied arts at the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Karin Winter is curator at the Swedish Museum of Architecture. Nina Stritzler-Levine is director of exhibitions at the Bard Graduate Center, New York.

This book, with excellent reproductions of his furniture and architecture, is now available to illuminate a career often lost in the gleaming lights of mid-century modern Scandinavian design."?American Craft

"With fine-quality paper, a wealth of illustrations, expertly documented essays, a list of buildings, and an exhibition checklist, this first English-language volume devoted to Mathsson in several decades is recommended for all design collections."?Library Journal  

"This first English-language book on [Mathsson's] prodigious output documents his achievements, providing the reader with hundreds of images and three authoritative essays."?Architectural Record

"Rich in photographic representations of the designer's concepts, production drawings, advertisements, and final installations of his various creations. . . . More than adequately blessed with an extensive collection of historic and contemporary photographs of his furnishings and buildings. . . . Recommended. All levels."?Choice

"This is an important addition to the fields of design history and the history of design. . . . The sheer volume of Mathsson's creative output demands interrogation of the nature and context of creativity.  This volume is a useful aid in that undertaking."  —Michael J. Prokopow, Winterthur Portfolio