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Bruno Mathsson, 'Annika' Table, Designed 1936, Beautiful Early Example

US$5,536.04

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Bruno Mathsson (designer) for Karl Mathsson, Värnamo, Sweden (manufacturer) 'Annika' low table, designed 1936. Curly birch top on laminated birch legs. Stamped to underside 'MADE IN SWEDEN' Rare original early version in good un-restored condition. This is believed to date from the very early production, soon after the design was exhibited for the first time at the Röhsska Museum, Sweden in 1936. Condition note: The table is in original, un-restored condition. There are general marks in accordance with age. The top has a few areas where the surface has become slightly rough and lost its smooth finish. With early original items such as this we feel it is good to leave in un-restored condition where possible, to allow purchasers to decide on the level of restoration, if any, that they would like undertaken. We do work with a top-quality restorer, so please speak with us about restoration and re-finishing of the top surface if you are considering purchasing this piece.

Details

  • Creator
    Firma Karl Mathsson (Manufacturer),Bruno Mathsson (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.77 in. (37.5 cm)Diameter: 25.6 in. (65 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1936
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Overall good original condition and structurally sound.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1628215829651

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    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Bruno Mathsson

As the descendant of four generations of Swedish master cabinetmakers, Bruno Mathsson was born to design furniture. Mathsson was known as a methodical perfectionist who made usefulness the fundamental attribute of his works, yet he was also a ceaseless experimenter, who constantly searched for improvements in form, materials and methods of making. Like the Finnish designer Alvar Aalto, Mathsson was one of the first Scandinavians to embrace undulating, biomorphic forms in furniture. His early pieces such as the Eva and Pernilla series of chairs incorporate dramatically flowing bent beechwood frames, making them some of the most instantly recognizable works of 20th-century design. Mathsson was also a pioneer of ergonomics — he is said to have based the contours of his chairs on the impression his body made when he sat in a snow bank — and used supple, accommodating woven webbing for seats. His concern for practicality is shown by pieces such as the Maria table. An elegant design with gate legs and hinged leaves, the table measures more than nine feet long when fully extended, but folds down to just nine inches in thickness. From the mid-1940s through the 1950s, Mathsson focused on architecture, designing and building houses with insulated, triple-glazed window walls and heated floors — construction that flew in the face of traditional wood-clad Swedish residential design, and consequently met with some skepticism. He returned to furniture in the 1960s, employing an entirely new suite of materials: Stainless-steel framing and mesh seats feature in pieces like the Jetson chair; with the mathematician Piet Hein, Mathsson designed the Super-Elliptical table, which has a laminate top and four-part tubular steel legs that sprout like flower stems from a single base. Bruno Mathsson’s stylistic flexibility as a designer, as you will see from the works on 1stDibs, make him a creator whose pieces meet all tastes and needs.
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