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Alvar Aalto 401 Wingback Chair Artek, Finland, 1970
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Langserud, SE
This wingback lounge chair model 401 were designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, 1933. With a birch plywood frame and white/grey fabric. This version of the chairs was produced ...
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Vintage 1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Birch, Textile

Alvar Aalto 401 Wingback Chairs Artek, Finland, 1970
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Stylish pair of wingback lounge chairs model 401 designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, 1933. These chairs were purchased at Metz and Co. in the 1970s. The chairs have a birch p...
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Vintage 1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Wingback Chairs

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Upholstery, Plywood

Alvar Aalto Armchair 401 Artek Finland
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Houston, TX
Great wingback lounge chair model 401 designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, 1933. This chair was purchased in the 1970s. The chairs have a birch plywood frame and beige gray fa...
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Vintage 1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

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Birch

  • Alvar Aalto Armchair 401 Artek Finland
  • Alvar Aalto Armchair 401 Artek Finland
  • Alvar Aalto Armchair 401 Artek Finland
  • Alvar Aalto Armchair 401 Artek Finland
H 40 in. W 25 in. D 31.5 in.
Pair of Model 401 Alvar Aalto Wing Chairs
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of laminated birch wood wingback armchairs designed by Alvar Aalto. Unmarked but presumed to be produced by Arte in the 1970s. Newly upholstered in Delany and Long fabric.
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Vintage 1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Birch

  • Pair of Model 401 Alvar Aalto Wing Chairs
  • Pair of Model 401 Alvar Aalto Wing Chairs
  • Pair of Model 401 Alvar Aalto Wing Chairs
  • Pair of Model 401 Alvar Aalto Wing Chairs
H 40 in. W 25 in. D 31.5 in.
Pair of Lounge Chairs Model 401 by Alvar Aalto, 1935 Finland Design
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Lyon, FR
First edition 1935 of Scandinavian lounge chair, this model 401 designed by Alvar Aalto Stamped with "Aalto design made in Finland" Original Frame in plywood and beige leather.
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Vintage 1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Plywood

Alvar Aalto Model 401 Armchairs Matching Pair Artek Midcentury Design, Finland
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Alvar Aalto Model 401 armchairs matching pair Artek midcentury design Finland Magnificent midcentury design matched pair of Alvar Aalto Model 401 armchairs finished Kvadrat Hallin...
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2010s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Birch

Rare Set of "401" Lounge Chairs by Alvar Aalto for Artek
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Milan, IT
Pair of lounge chairs model 401 by Alvar Aalto for Artek. Bent laminated birch frame and tartan fabric for this iconic pieces.
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Vintage 1970s Finnish Organic Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Alvar Aalto Model 36/ 401 High Back Lounge Chair
Located in Highland, IN
A classic design by the Finnish master Aalto, the cantilevered model 36 chair has a high, wingback. The beechwood frame cradles and supports the upholstered seat and back which are c...
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Vintage 1930s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Alvar Aalto "401" Armchair
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Alvar Aalto "401" armchair. Nice old patina
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Vintage 1930s Finnish Armchairs

Materials

Birch, Fabric

  • Alvar Aalto "401" Armchair
  • Alvar Aalto "401" Armchair
  • Alvar Aalto "401" Armchair
  • Alvar Aalto "401" Armchair
H 40 in. W 24.5 in. D 32 in.
Early Wing Chair Model 401 by Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Dallas, TX
Pre-war, high back cantilevered wing chair, with spring seating and bent birch plywood frame. Frame original, new linen upholstery. Made by Artek, circa 1940s.
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Vintage 1940s Finnish Modern Lounge Chairs

  • Early Wing Chair Model 401 by Alvar Aalto
  • Early Wing Chair Model 401 by Alvar Aalto
  • Early Wing Chair Model 401 by Alvar Aalto
  • Early Wing Chair Model 401 by Alvar Aalto
H 36 in. W 24.75 in. D 35 in.
Alvar Aalto Model 401 Lounge Chair Armchair by Artek, circa 1938
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Alvar Aalto Model 401 lounge chair armchair by Artek circa 1938 Rare early Alvar Aalto Series 401 cantilever chair by Artek, Finland circa 1938, the cantilevered birch ’S' shaped ...
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Vintage 1930s Finnish Art Deco Armchairs

Materials

Birch

Alvar Aalto Model 401 Lounge Chair By OY Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötehdas AB 1938
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Alvar Aalto Model 401 Lounge Chair Armchair By OY Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötehdas AB Circa 1938 Rare early Alvar Aalto Series 401 cantilever chair by OY Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötehda...
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Vintage 1930s Finnish Art Deco Armchairs

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Model 401 Armchairs Matching Pair Artek Midcentury Design, Finland
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Alvar Aalto Model 401 armchairs matching pair Artek midcentury design Finland Magnificent midcentury design matched pair of Alvar Aalto Model 401 armchairs finished Kvadrat Hallin...
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2010s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Birch

Alvar Aalto Model 36 / 401 Cantilever Lounge Chair by Finmar, Finland
By Finmar, Alvar Aalto
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Alvar Aalto model 36 / 401 cantilever lounge chair by Finmar, Finland, circa 1940. Rare early Alvar Aalto series 36 / 401 cantilever chair by Finmar circa 1940, the cantilevered b...
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Vintage 1940s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Birch

Alvar Aalto Model 401 Armchairs Matching Pair Artek Midcentury Design, Finland
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Alvar Aalto Model 401 armchairs matching pair Artek midcentury design Finland Magnificent midcentury design matched pair of Alvar Aalto Model 401 armchairs finished Kvadrat Hallin...
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2010s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Birch

Alvar Aalto Model 36 / 401 Cantilever Lounge Chair by Finmar Finland, circa 1940
By Finmar, Alvar Aalto
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Alvar Aalto model 36 / 401 cantilever lounge chair by Finmar, Finland, circa 1940 Rare early Alvar Aalto series 36 / 401 cantilever chair by Finmar, circa 1940, the cantilevered b...
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Vintage 1940s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Birch

Alvar Aalto Model 36 / 401 Cantilever Lounge Chair by Finmar, Finland circa 1940
By Finmar, Alvar Aalto
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Alvar Aalto model 36 / 401 cantilever lounge chair by Finmar, Finland, circa 1940 Rare early Alvar Aalto series 36 / 401 cantilever chair by Finmar, circa 1940, the cantilevered b...
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Vintage 1940s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Birch

Very Special Model 36/401 Easy Chair by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Hedemora
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Uppsala, SE
Early production, model 36/401 easy chair, by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Hedemora, circa 1950. Frame of steam bent birch and later upholstery in a grey wool fabric commissioned by the or...
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Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Birch

Armchair model 402/401 by Alvar Aalto, Finland 1932/33
By Alvar Aalto, Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy
Located in Berlin, DE
Armchair model 402/401 by Alvar Aalto, Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy, Turku, Finland 1932/33 construction formed laminated birch wood, renewed upholstery and cover, medium...
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Vintage 1930s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Birch, Cotton, Upholstery, Wood

Alvar Aalto 401 Wingback Lounge Chair for Artek, Finland
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Alvar Aalto 401 wingback lounge chair for Artek, Finland. Birch plywood frame and new charcoal / dark grey wool upholstery. All in very good condition. Free shipping for European ...
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Wingback Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Plywood

Alvar Aalto 401 Wingback Lounge Chair for Artek, Finland
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Stockholm, SE
A wingback lounge chair model 401 designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, 1933. Black lacquered birch frame and earlier reupholstered in a two-tone beige wool fabric in very good...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Birch

Alvar Aalto 401 For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal alvar aalto 401 for your home. A alvar aalto 401 — often made from wood, birch and fabric — can elevate any home. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect alvar aalto 401 — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A alvar aalto 401, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Art Deco style, is generally a popular piece of furniture.

How Much is a Alvar Aalto 401?

The average selling price for a alvar aalto 401 at 1stDibs is $4,244, while they’re typically $1,900 on the low end and $11,900 for the highest priced.

alvar-aalto Biography and Important Works

An architect and designer, Alvar Aalto deserves an immense share of the credit for bringing Scandinavian modernism to a prominent place in the global arena. In both his buildings and in his furnishings — which range from chairs, tables and lighting to table- and glassware — Aalto’s sensitivity to the natural world and to organic forms and materials tempered the hardness of rationalist design.

Relatively few Aalto buildings exist outside Finland. (Just four exist in the United States, and only one — the sinuous 1945 Baker House dormitory at M.I.T. — is easily visited.) International attention came to Aalto, whose surname translates to English as “wave,” primarily through his furniture.

Instead of the tubular metal framing favored by the Bauhaus designers and Le Corbusier, Aalto insisted on wood. His aesthetic is best represented by the Paimio armchair, developed in 1930 as part of his overall design of a Finnish tuberculosis sanatorium. Comfortable, yet light enough to be easily moved by patients, the chair’s frame is composed of two laminated birch loops; the seat and back are formed from a single sheet of plywood that scrolls under at the headrest and beneath the knees, creating a sort of pillow effect. Aalto’s use of plywood had enormous influence on Charles Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Marcel Breuer and others who later came to the material.

Concerned with keeping up standards of quality in the production of his designs, Aalto formed the still-extant company Artek in 1935, along with his wife, Aino Aalto, whose glass designs were made by the firm. In the latter medium, in 1936 the Aaltos together created the iconic, undulating Savoy vase, so-called for the luxe Helsinki restaurant for which the piece was designed. Artek also produced Aalto lighting designs, many of which — such as the Angel’s Wing floor lamp and the Beehive pendant — incorporate a signature Aalto detail: shades made of concentric enameled-metal rings graduated down in diameter. The effect of the technique is essential Alvar Aalto: at once precise, simple, and somehow poetic.

Finding the Right Lounge Chairs for You

The lounge chair is known to all for its comfort and familiar form, but its history is slightly more ambiguous. While there are rare armchairs dating back as far as the 17th century, some believe that origins of the first official “lounge chair” are tied to Hungarian modernist designer-architect Marcel Breuer. While Breuer wasn’t exactly reinventing the wheel when he introduced the Wassily lounge chair in 1925, his recliner was indeed revolutionary for its integration of bent tubular steel.

Officially, a lounge chair is simply defined as a “comfortable armchair,” which allows for the shape and material of the furnishings to be extremely diverse. Whether or not chaise longues make the cut for this category is a matter of frequent debate.

The Eames lounge chair, on the other hand, has come to define somewhat of a universal perception of what a lounge chair can be. Introduced in 1956, the chair (and its partner in cozy, the ottoman) quickly became staples in television shows, prestigious office buildings and gorgeous living rooms. Venerable American designers Charles and Ray Eames intended for it to be the peak of luxury, which they knew meant taking furniture to the next level of style and comfort. Their chair inspired many modern interpretations of the lounge — as well as numerous copies.

On 1stDibs, find a broad range of lounge chairs that includes everything from antique Victorian-era seating to vintage mid-century modern lounge-chair options by craftsmen such as Hans Wegner to contemporary choices from today’s innovative designers.