Superb and rare 3-shelf system by Bruno Mathsson, Sweden. Made in the 80s, the
lot has no defects but only slight wear due to use.
Made of solid birch for planks and curved wood for bindings, the whole thing
is in very good condition.
Bruno Mathsson was born in 1907 in The Swedish city of Varnamo. His father,
Karl, a fourth-generation master cabinetmaker, introduced his son to new
technologies applied to wood at an early age. Mathsson, a self-taught designer
and architect, inspired by the functionalist movement, and, following in his
family's footsteps, spent much of the 1920s and 1930s studying the functional
abilities of wood.
Mathsson's design furniture is designed to have curves and height, and is
designed to ensure some functionality and ergonomics. He exhibited a collection
of curved wooden furniture at the 1937 World's Fair in Paris, thus launching
his international reputation. His Eva Chair (later called Work Chair) was
purchased for public spaces in the run-up to the opening of the Museum of
Modern Art in New York. In 1939, he exhibited at the New York World's Fair, and
increased his popularity in the United States. In the 1950s, he turned his
attention to architecture, often incorporating large glass pieces into
residential projects. The 1960s allowed him to refocus on furniture and thus to
embark on the work of tubular steel. He collaborated remarkably with Piet Hein,
a Danish mathematician, to create the Super Ellipse Table, which rests on
slender feet giving the impression that the tray hovers in the air.