The Maria table

The folding table ”Maria” is one of Bruno Mathsson’s earliest designs; it was shown to the public for the first time at his debut exhibition at The Röhsska Museum of Arts and Crafts in Gothenburg 1936. Mathsson is renowned for his ability to combine the beauty of form with a well-thought-out functionality and the Maria table is a prime example.  From a folded width of just 25 cm it unfolds into a 280 cm long dining table seating up to 12 people. Flexible and light the table is characterized by a refined simplicity and the adjustable legs add to it a distinctive sculptural elegance. Mathsson had a thing for the local Nordic wood types and the early versions of the table were made in elm and birch, giving it a warm and golden appearance.

This example is signed and dated 1936.