Mats Theselius for Källemo AB Limited Edition Lounge Chairs 'El Dorado'
Mats Theselius for Källemo AB, pair of lounge chairs 'El Dorado’, limited edition, brass, nubuck leather, maple, Sweden, 2002
These distinct 'El Dorado’ lounge chairs by Mats Theselius were designed in 2002 for the 11th anniversary of the earlier edition called the ‘Elk Leather Chair’. His main sources of inspiration for this chair were the Army Museum in Stockholm and the Swedish Royal Armory, where he could see old armor and to learn about metal processing. This chair features a body of patinated brass on four legs. The round form is finished on top with a bent piece of maple that follows the curve. The seat and backrest are upholstered in nubuck leather. Generally, Mats Theselius is known for his a-typical designs, most of them produced in limited editions and all of them manufactured by Källemo Sweden. This functional and aesthetic piece is another great example of his style and inventiveness with bold shapes and materials.
One chair belongs to the HC series of 18 chairs in total. The 'HC' stands for 'Hors commerce'. This series was not intended for commercial purposes but made especially for his family, friends or partners. The other chair is part of the EA series consisting of 9 chairs.
Mats Theselius (1956) is a Swedish designer who studied interior design at Konstfack, or University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. He is mostly responsible for exclusive and inventive Swedish furniture produced during the 90s. His work is a mix between art and design. Overall, his creations carry a real uniqueness. They are full of aesthetics, style and radiate extravagance. In 2011 Theselius became an associate of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. For his work he received multiple awards such as the Bruno Mathsson Award and Torsten & Wanja Söderberg’s Design Prize in 1997, and the King of Sweden’s Prince Eugen Medal in 2018. To this day, Theselius is still active in creating furniture, lighting, and other works of art.
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