Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bruno Mathsson - a Swedish modernist

Bruno Mathsson (1907-1988) was a Swedish furniture designer and architect with ideas colored by functionalism/modernism - as well as old Swedish crafts tradition. Being the son of a carpenter, it was fairly obvious what work the young Bruno would choose. After a short time of education in school, he started to work in his father's factory. He soon found a great interest in furniture and especially chairs - in their function and design. Eventually he developed a special building technique for wooden chairs where the components were bent and glued under the action of hot water. He also designed houses in Sweden, Portugal and in the United States with frameworks of glass and steel.

These pictures are of the series og glass bungalows-in-a-row he, in 1955, designed, furnished and build in Kosta, Småland, Sweden. They are grade A listed buildings today.

The Scottie was one if the popular Terrier breeds in the 1950´s Scandinavia - and I think some of my pictures here almost recapture some of the `zeitgeist` from this wonderful era.

Source: Wikipedia
Photos: Myself

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