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Although Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, and Bruno Mathsson each pursued a modernist expression of the lounge chair in the 1930s, Mathsson was perhaps the first to develop the form fully with lightweight, bent, unstained wood in combination with linen, cotton, hemp, or leather webbing. This catalog by Widman (formerly chief curator of applied arts, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm), Karin Winter (curator, Swedish Museum of Architecture), and Nina Stritzler-Levine (director of exhibitions, Bard Graduate Ctr., New York) accompanies exhibitions at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture (spring 2007) and the Swedish Cultural Center, Seattle (summer 2007). In addition to presenting this Swedish talent's trademark chairs, it documents how Mathsson, as a minimally trained architect, designed modernist houses in a hybrid idiom reflective of the work of Richard Neutra, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Arne Jacobsen. (His later houses, with their corrugated plastic-roof vaults and modular planning, anticipate the work of Pritzker Prize winner Glenn Murcutt.) With fine-quality paper, a wealth of illustrations (historic photographs, color photographs of the furniture in situ, drawings, floor plans), expertly documented essays, a list of buildings, and an exhibition checklist, this first English-language volume devoted to Mathsson in several decades is recommended for all design collections.