The Iconic Swedish Jetson Chair, Now Available in the US

As I am taking the first steps towards my move to the US, more and more great Scandinavian designs are doing the same. Created by Bruno Mathsson for Dux, the iconic Swedish maker of beds and mattresses, in 1969, the Jetson chair is an icon of Swedish furniture design.

As classic as his designs are, is the story of how Bruno sat down in a snowdrift to create the optimal shape for sitting furniture. Mathsson’s starting point was always the shape of the body and the interaction between furniture and the human form. As he put it, furniture should be made with such art that sitting in them will not itself become art. After perfecting the Jetson chair over the course of three years, it was finally presented to fanfare in Stockholm in 1969.

The Jetson chair reflects both his obsession with comfort and a classic Swedish modern design approach. It features a bowl-shaped seat, ergonomically designed high back with head pillow, and chrome swivel base with a unique self-return mechanism, and a name inspired by the futuristic animated American television family.

This month, to mark a half century of the Jetson, Dux is introducing the chair in the US. And I got one of the first delivered this week. I opted for the brown natural flax with brown leather details, one of the four styles available for pre-order now.

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