Modern Design /07 October 2008


Bruno Mathsson

Karl Mathsson
Sweden, 1936
beech, canvas
87 w × 31½ d × 21 h in (221 × 80 × 53 cm)

This design debuted at the 1937 World's Fair in Paris where it received a gold medal, hence acquiring the name Paris Bed. Few examples of this form were produced due to the difficulty of design.

Signed with manufacturer's labels to underside: [Bruno Mathsson Firma Karl Mathsson Made in Varnamo Sweden] and [Bruno Mathsson Mobler], with marks in pen: [BM 36].

literature: Bruno Mathsson Mobelkonstnaren Glashusarkitekten Manniskan, Bohn-Jullander, ppg. 65, 81, 167, 224 Svenska Möbler 1890-1990, Bowman, pg. 177

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $9,000

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