Bruno Mathsson Collection
Bruno Mathsson (1907-1988) was a Swedish architect and designer, who first used the technique of bending wood with the assistance of hot water. He was the son of a carpenter and eventually went to work at his father’s gallery, and soon growing significantly attached to furniture design. He is known for “interweaving contemporary design with casual comfort”. He has designed homes in Sweden, Portugal, the United States using his personalized elements of functionalism/modernism.
The “Eva Chair”
The Eva chair followed the Alvar Aalto model of bent, laminated wood, formed in a flowing design to support the lumbar of the seated subject. These chairs were originally purchased by Trent to fill the lounge above the great hall, which now serves as the Cabinet Office and the College Office, but it is rare to find an eva chair today.
Year First Produced: 1934