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The Grasshopper Chair designed by Bruno Mathsson (1931)

The Grasshopper Chair designed by Bruno Mathsson (1931)

The Grasshopper Chair designed by Bruno Mathsson (1931)


Bruno Mathsson’s first design using bent laminated beech and linen webbing. In 1931 Bruno Mathsson carried out his first practical experiment in functionalism, the Chair ¨Gräshoppan¨, inspired by a scholarship granted by Värnamo Hantverks- och Industriförening (Värnamo Craftsmen- and industrial association) and a visit to the birth place of functionalism hellip;

Bruno Mathsson’s first design using bent laminated beech and linen webbing. In 1931 Bruno Mathsson carried out his first practical experiment in functionalism, the Chair ¨Gräshoppan¨, inspired by a scholarship granted by Värnamo Hantverks- och Industriförening (Värnamo Craftsmen- and industrial association) and a visit to the birth place of functionalism in Sweden, the 1930 Stockholm Fair. The “Grasshopper” was developed by Mathsson for a reception area in the Värnamo Hospital. However, the Grasshopper was said to be so ugly that it was soon relegated to the attic. But this innovative chair, with its woven, webbed seat stretched across a frame on which the arm rest and legs were made of one arched wooden piece sculpted into an interpretation of a grasshopper’s legs, was Mathsson’s first expression of what furniture could and should be. Designed by Bruno Mathsson for Karl Mathsson, Sweden. A limited re-edition was produced in 1992.

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