Alvar Aalto Paimio Chair by Artek
Alvar Aalto Paimio Chair by Artek
Artek Alvar Aalto Collection made in Finland
Designer: Alvar Aalto
Collection: Artek Alvar Aalto
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The Paimio Chair (also known as Chair 41), designed by Finnish designer Alvar Aalto in 1931, is one of the icons of furniture design and a Stardust Staff Pick. The Paimio armchair is one of the most beautiful chairs designed by Alvar Aalto. Its lightness and structural genius are without compare. Admired as much for its sculptural presence as for its comfort, the Paimio Chair by Alvar Aalto is a tour de force in bentwood that seems to test the limits of plywood manufacturing. The chair's framework consists of two closed loops of laminated wood, forming arms, legs, and floor runners, between which rides the seat-a thin sheet of plywood tightly bent at both top and bottom into sinuous scrolls, giving it greater resiliency. Inspired by Marcel Breuer's tubular-steel Wassily Chair of 1927-28, Aalto chose, instead, native birch for its natural feel and insulating properties, and developed a more organic form. Made in Finland by Artek with an uncompromising approach to craftsmanship. Available from Stardust with Free Shipping and a Low Price Guarantee.
The Paimio Chair, the best-known piece of furniture designed by Alvar Aalto, was named for the town in southwestern Finland for which Aalto designed a sanatorium and all its furnishings. Used in the patients' lounge, the angle of the back of this armchair was intended to help sitters breathe more easily. Alvar Aalto's bentwood furniture had a great influence on the American designers Charles and Ray Eames and the Finnish-born Eero Saarinen. In 1935 the Artek company was established in Finland to produce and distribute wood furniture designed by Aalto and his wife, Aino Aalto.
We at Stardust have a profound love for Alvar Aalto design so make sure to check our Aalto Collection. Born in the arctic north, Finnish designer Alvar Aalto was a central figure in international modernism, architecture and design. Many of his designs are included in the collection of MoMA New York. Alvar Aalto's design has its own aesthetic expression and appearance. The foundations are purity, simplicity and naturalness, themes which recur in Alvar Aalto's design for Artek. Look at any prominent Alvar Aalto design icon and you'll notice that it has certain distinctive characteristics. The main ones are simple lines, successfully combined with often ingenious functionality. We're talking about products that are so simple, that they're incredibly advanced. Each detail has a purpose, each solution a reason. Many of his furniture and lighting designs, such as the Paimio Chair, Aalto's E60 Stool and the Aalto A 331 Beehive Lamp, are internationally recognized design classics. These beautiful icons truly capture the spirit of Alvar Aalto's design philosophy.
Collection Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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Artek Product Code: 41
Dimensions: 25.2"H x 23.6"W x 31.5"D
Seat Height: 13"H
Material: form pressed birch wood
Finish: white or black lacquered
Use: indoor, living room, dining room, bedroom, office
Country of Origin: Finland
Product Category: furniture, chairs, chaises
Style: scandinavian design, modern, contemporary
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