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Object Lessons: The Iconic Swedish Jetson Chair, Now Available in the US

REMODELISTA – This year, an icon of Swedish design we’ve long coveted—the Jetson Chair—turns 50. In celebration, we’re turning to its origin story, which begins in a snowbank.

The designer, Bruno Matthson, designed the Jetson Chair as he did much of his furniture: by reclining in snow drifts, then studying the imprint his body made. A pioneer of Swedish Modern style and a prolific designer, Matthson was known for mixing modernism with traditional Swedish craftsmanship (and also for creating the bentwood technique that’s a hallmark of Scandi furniture today). And he was fascinated by the relationship between furniture and body.




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