Mats Theselius – Swedish Furniture Designer

Posted on 21st September 2011 in Swedish Designers

Seen as a hot new designer in the world of Swedish modern furniture, Mats Theselius was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1956. He studied industrial design at Konstfackskolan, known as HD K and opened his own studio where he began to be noticed in 1985 with the release of his design the “Elk Skin Easy Chair”. He released his first collection called Algskinnsfatoljen, producing a series of 360 chairs resembling a cut out cylinder. This includes well known chairs; the “Rex Chair” in 1994, the “El Rey” in 1999 and the “Embassy Chair” in 1999 for the Swedish Embassy in Berlin. The “Rex Chair” is upholstered in moose leather sporting a steel frame with exterior steel detailing.
Källemo, producing most of his designs since 1989, in 1990, he designed the “Aluminum Lounge Chair” made of aluminum and beech. It is considered post modern with an interesting contrast of a classical weave pattern interfaced with a machine like appearance of the base and back supported by metal legs that resemble more a brace than a leg.
The “Chaise lounge” in 1992, is a limited edition piece made from a steel frame with a car-enamel finish covered in leather. Its’ unique roller coaster curves lay atop felt lined storage below.
With a focus on designing club and lounge chairs, “The Ritz” in 1994, echoes some of the same lines of a classic leather club chair redefined into contemporary furniture by the addition of lacquered metal. With non matching legs in the front and back, it looks as inviting to sit in as it is intriguing to look at.
The release of the “Elektra” in 2001 again with aluminum, leather and lacquered metal appears as if the top half of a traditional club chair has been placed upon a modern metal base. The “El Dorado’ in 2002 resembles a cut out cylinder upholstered in leather with brass accents.
The “Bruno Chair” has a chromed steel frame that is slipped through the leather that forms the main body of the chair. With attention to detail and construction, parts of the leather are snapped around the frame to hold it in place.
It is clear why he is held in high regard in terms of contemporary Swedish modern furniture designers. His design abilities extend beyond furniture to glassware, table ware, lighting fixtures, boots, every day household and decorative accessory items making sure that great design is both affordable and accessible to everyone.

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Designer Le Corbusier

Posted on 16th February 2011 in French Designers, Swedish Designers

Designer Le CorbusierAs one of the top urban designers in Europe, Le Corbusier strove to have a profound influence on how modern societies  designed for urban sprawl and how the lower classes were housed. Born as Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, Le Corbusier as he called himself later in life was a Swiss architect, designer, urbanist, writer, furniture designer, artist and is described as a pioneer of modern architecture or International style. Le Corbusier was born in 1887 just as the modern industrial movement was coming into play, influencing design and architecture worldwide from modern homes to furniture such as beds, chairs and more.  By 1920, Le Corbusier has established himself as one of the top modern designers in the world in International style which influenced designs worldwide. Le Corbusier, who became a French citizen later in life, joined Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius as top designers in the world whose reputation preceded them as they focused on designing new buildings and furniture. Continue reading “Designer Le Corbusier” »

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Swedish Furniture Designer Bruno Mathsson

Posted on 27th January 2011 in Furniture Designers, Swedish Designers

Bruno Mathsson

Born into a family of carpenters, it was expected that Bruno Mathsson would take up the trade that had been in the family for four generations. Born in Värnamo, Sweden, Mathsson’s interest in furniture design, especially in the form and function of furniture led him to be a great modern furniture designer, with a particular talent in creating modern chairs. The Swedish architect, born in 1907, focused primarily on furniture, but also designed homes around the world.

Bruno Mathsson learned his trade at the heels of his father, who had learned the same way. And while he enjoyed learning how to work with wood, it was obvious he was destined to move into something bigger.

As a member of the early modernist movement in the 1920, Mathsson took his knowledge of wood technology and brought it to the next level by following the trend of using form and function combined with new materials to create new furniture. Surrounded by an era of new technologies. Mathsson was born to be a carpenter, but the environmental influences of art, forum and function conjoined together to capture the young mind of Mathsson.

For over 10 years he studied design before he created his first modern piece of furniture – the Grasshopper after an inspirational visit to the Stockholm Fair of 1930. Continue reading “Swedish Furniture Designer Bruno Mathsson” »

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