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Alvar Aalto style Stool /Tables 63 Bentwood
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Westport, CT
Alvar Aalto Style Stool /Tables design no 63 bentwood birch finish /could be used as tables or
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Wood

Finnish Birch Cabinet in Alvar Aalto Style, 1940s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, Uusimaa
Finnish birch cabinet in Alvar Aalto style from the 1940s. Birch. Good vintage condition, minor
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Vintage 1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Cabinets

Materials

Birch

Alvar Aalto Style Side Table in Oak, Denmark, 1980s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Hellouw, NL
Charming Alvar Aalto style side table in oak from Denmark 1980s. This table is practical and has a
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Vintage 1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Side Tables

Materials

Oak

Alvar Aalto Style Rocking Chair
Located in Chicago, IL
Studio-made, unknown age and manufacturer. This piece is in good vintage condition but has wear consistent with use
Category

Late 20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs

Materials

Wood

Alvar Aalto Style Rocking Chair
Alvar Aalto Style Rocking Chair
H 24.25 in W 26.25 in D 31 in
Alvar Aalto Style Mid-Century Modern Wood Stool, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Alvar Aalto Style Mid-Century Modern wood stool. In original condition with minor wear
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Wood

Art Deco Armchairs, Alvar Aalto style
By Miroslav Navratil
Located in Lučenec, SK
Tank of Alvar Aalto, we can consider these armchairs as a tribute to him. The armchairs provide
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Vintage 1930s Czech Art Deco Armchairs

Materials

Beech

Art Deco Armchairs, Alvar Aalto style
Art Deco Armchairs, Alvar Aalto style
H 35.44 in W 28.75 in D 31.5 in
Alvar Aalto Style Side Table or Stool by Thonet
By Alvar Andersson, Joe Atkinson, Thonet
Located in Ferndale, MI
This laminated wood stool or side table by Thonet, New York and attributed to Joe Atkinson as designer. A circular top and three bentwood legs made of plywood. Perfect mid-century mo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Bentwood, Plywood

1950s Dutch Pair Yellow Hand Grenade Pendant Lights Philips / Alvar Aalto Style
By Alvar Aalto, Philips
Located in Sherborne, Dorset
A very stylish pair of Dutch 1950s Mid-Century Modern pastel yellow cylindrical 'Hand Grenade' pendant lights. Hung from their original two piece steel ceiling rose, the wire runs do...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Steel

1950s Dutch Pair Blue Hand Grenade Pendant Lights Phillips / Alvar Aalto style
By Alvar Aalto, Philips
Located in Sherborne, Dorset
A very stylish pair of Dutch 1950s Mid-Century Modern anthracite blue cylindrical 'Hand Grenade' pendant lights. Hung from their original two piece steel ceiling rose, the wire runs ...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Steel

Alvar Aalto Style Lounge Chair by Cees Braakman for Pastoe in Natural Canvas
By Pastoe, Cees Braakman, Alvar Aalto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Canvas with Bent Natural Plywood Frame in the Style of Alvar Aalto. In Good Original Condition with Some
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Vintage 1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Canvas, Birch

Cees Braakman Birch Loveseat for Pastoe w/ Original Straps & New Canvas Cushions
By Pastoe, Cees Braakman, Alvar Aalto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Alvar Aalto style bent birch framed loveseat with original strapping and new natural canvas cushion
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Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Loveseats

Materials

Birch, Canvas

Paimio Chair Style after Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
We didn't want to let them go, we generally don't have replicas in our gallery but this pair of chairs were begging to be restored. The previous owner told us that his parents acquir...
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Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Paimio Chair Style after Alvar Aalto
Paimio Chair Style after Alvar Aalto
H 38.19 in W 19.69 in D 44.89 in
Pair of 70's plywood architectural chairs
Located in Ternay, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Alvar Aalto's style of the time. Beautiful vintage condition, with numerous signs of age and use
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Plywood

Pair of 70's plywood architectural chairs
Pair of 70's plywood architectural chairs
H 27.96 in W 14.97 in D 16.93 in
Early Glass Vase by Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Style: Mid century, Scandinavian Produced in Finland Signed Alvar Aalto 3030 & II Dimensions (W x D x H
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Vintage 1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Glass

Early Glass Vase by Alvar Aalto
Early Glass Vase by Alvar Aalto
H 6.7 in W 6.89 in D 6.89 in
Alvar Aalto Chair 2, Mode 15.1930
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Madrid, ES
An Alvar Aalto Borchardt chair, model 15, designed by Alvar Aalto and edited in 1930. Stamped
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Vintage 1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Birch

Alvar Aalto Chair 2, Mode 15.1930
Alvar Aalto Chair 2, Mode 15.1930
H 2.37 in W 20.48 in D 22.84 in
Rare Early Alvar Aalto Savoy 9750 Vase
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Sharon, CT
A rare early green version of the Classic. Provenance: Estate of Mary Griggs Burke, Long Island. See "Long Island Modernism 1930-1980" by Caroline Rob Zaleski, W.W.Norton 2012.
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Vintage 1940s Finnish International Style Vases

Materials

Glass

Rare Early Alvar Aalto Savoy 9750 Vase
Rare Early Alvar Aalto Savoy 9750 Vase
H 9.5 in W 7.38 in D 7.13 in
Molded Plywood "W" Magazine Rack in the Style of Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage molded plywood "W" magazine rack in the style of Alvar Aalto.
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Vintage 1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

Materials

Plywood

Alvar Aalto Tea Trolley 901 in white
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Tea Trolley 901 was originally designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek in 1936. It was the simplest
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts

Materials

Wood, Bentwood

Alvar Aalto Tea Trolley 901 in white
Alvar Aalto Tea Trolley 901 in white
H 22 in W 35.5 in D 19.5 in
Alvar Aalto Stool for Artek
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Belmont, MA
Alvar Aalto stool manufactured by Artek, originally designed in 1933. Crafted in Laminated Birch
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Birch

Alvar Aalto Stool for Artek
Alvar Aalto Stool for Artek
H 17 in Dm 14.5 in
MCM Free Form Art Glass Vase in the Style of Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in San Diego, CA
A super cool MCM free form art glass vase in the style of Alvar Aalto, circa 1970s. The vase is in
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Pair of Swedish Elm Bentwood Chairs in the Style of Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Atlanta, GA
Beautiful pair of Swedish side or dining chairs in the style of Alvar Aalto. Measures: SH 18 SD
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Elm, Bentwood

1980s Modern Sculptural Teak Magazine Rack after Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Alvar Aalto. No label. 6 d x 17 w x 14.75 h Preowned vintage condition unrestored. Refer to images
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Vintage 1980s Post-Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

Materials

Teak, Bentwood, Plywood

1980s Modern Three Leg Low Stool Iconic Design Style of Alvar Aalto Denmark
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Chula Vista, CA
1980s low wood stool Design by Alvar Aalto for Artek Denmark Scandinavian Modern Classic Dark
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Vintage 1980s Modern Stools

Materials

Wood

Vintage Crystal Vase, Alvar Aalto, 1980s
By Orrefors, Alvar Aalto
Located in Roma, IT
This vintage crystal vase is a decorative crystal object designed by Alvar Aalto and manufactured
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Vintage 1980s Swedish Vases

Materials

Glass

Vintage Crystal Vase, Alvar Aalto, 1980s
Vintage Crystal Vase, Alvar Aalto, 1980s
H 2.37 in W 3.75 in D 3.75 in
Alvar Aalto Finnish Modern Chair for Wilh Schauman, Finland, 1939
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Espoo, FI
Elevate your interior design with this elegant Finnish modern chair designed by Alvar Aalto that
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Vintage 1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood, Bentwood

Dining Table/Desk Made In Beechwood By Alvar Aalto From 1960s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Lejre, DK
Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto in 1960, this table bears the hallmarks of his characteristic
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Beech

Pair of Vintage bentwood Low Tables or Stools After a Design by Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Hudson, NY
This pair of vintage 3-legged low stools or tables from the designer Alvar Aalto were first
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Vintage 1950s Finnish International Style Stools

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

Midcentury Modern Italian Design Beech & Leather Dining Chairs, 1970s, Set of 4
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Vicenza, IT
chairs. The shape and the woven leather remind the Scandinavian design, especially Alvar Aalto's style
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Vintage 1970s Italian Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Beech

Rare Alvar Aalto Adjustable Wall Lamp in Brass
By Valaistustyö, Alvar Aalto
Located in Copenhagen, DK
ALVAR AALTO & VALAISTUTYO - SCANDINAVIAN MODERN A rare wall light in brass by Alvar Aalto. The
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Vintage Crystal Vase by Alvar Aalto for Iittala
By Iittala, Alvar Aalto
Located in Roma, IT
Vintage crystal vase is a decorative crystal object designed by Alvar Aalto and manufactured by
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Vintage 1980s Swedish Vases

Materials

Crystal

Screen 100 In Pinewood By Alvar Aalto & Artek Designed in Finland 1936
By Alvar Aalto
Located in High Wycombe, GB
The Artek 100 Screen was designed by Alvar Aalto with a natural aesthetic for various interiors
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Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Screens and Room Dividers

Materials

Pine

Alvar Aalto Tea Cart Model 900, Artek 1960s
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, FI
One of the most iconic and sought after pieces designed by Alvar Aalto. This traditional, elegant
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Ceramic, Rattan, Birch

Alvar Aalto Tea Cart Model 900, Artek 1960s
Alvar Aalto Tea Cart Model 900, Artek 1960s
H 23.23 in W 25.6 in D 35.44 in
Very Rare Artek A808 Floor Lamp by Alvar Aalto, Made in Finland
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Turku, FI
leather finish, which is hand-sewn in Finland. The light was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1955 for the
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Pendant Model A335B by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto, Valaistustyö
Located in Helsinki, Uusimaa
bottom. Beehive style pendant, early Alvar Aalto design.
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Mid century Scandinavian modern blonde bentwood daybed style of Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto, Westnofa Furniture
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid century Scandinavian Modern daybed in the manner of Alvar Aalto or Westnofa with bent beech
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Vintage 1970s Norwegian Mid-Century Modern Daybeds

Materials

Upholstery, Bentwood

extra large original 1930's Alvar Aalto dining, conference table or desk, Finmar
By Finmar, Alvar Aalto
Located in London, GB
Rare large size original 1930's modernist early Alvar Aalto L-Leg plywood desk, dining, conference
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20th Century Finnish International Style Conference Tables

Materials

Plywood

Set of 2 Early Alvar Aalto Stools, Finland, 1950's
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of 2 early Alvar Aalto stools in bentwood for Artek, Finland 1950s. The stools have a nice
Category

Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Stools

Materials

Bentwood

Alvar Aalto Model “A704” Table Lamp for Valaistustyö Ky, Finland 1950s
By Valaistustyö, Alvar Aalto
Located in Utrecht, NL
its most famous designers was Alvar Aalto. In contrast with the functionalism of the International
Category

Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Leather

Wall shelf in birch by Alvar Aalto, Artek Hedemora, Sweden 1946-1956
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Hägersten, SE
Wall shelf designed by Alvar Aalto. Produced by Svenska Artek in Hedemora, Sweden. Made between
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Vintage 1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Shelves

Materials

Birch

Alvar Aalto, a Pair of Lounge Chairs, Model 'RB 511' for Artek, 1960s
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Odense, DK
alcantara. Designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek in Finland. Model "RB 511". This rare collectible midcentury
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Velvet, Birch

Alvar Alto Style European Bentwood Midcentury Lacquered Small Table/Stool
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Westport, CT
Alvar Alto style European lacquered top bentwood leg birch maple color midcentury Small Side table
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Birch, Lacquer

1950s Alvar and Aino Aalto for Artek Tea Cart 900 in Birch and Rattan
By Artek, Aino Aalto, Alvar Aalto
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is an original ‘Tea Trolley 900’ Modern Cart, designed in 1937 by Aino and Alvar Aalto for the
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Modern Carts and Bar Carts

Materials

Rattan, Birch

Vintage Bentwood Barstool in Manner of Alvar Aalto / Ikea, Set of 4
By IKEA, Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Untersiggenthal, AG
These stools are made out of bended beech wood and are characteristic of the style of Alvar Aalto
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Birch

Bentwood Wool Upholstery Chaise Lounge Chair by Alvar Aalto for Artek
By Alvar Aalto, Bruno Mathsson
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern bentwood chaise lounge in orange wool upholstery. In the style of Bruno Mathsson.
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20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues

Materials

Wool, Bentwood

Early model 83 birch dining table by Alvar Aalto, Finland, 1930s
By Alvar Aalto, Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy
Located in Hägersten, SE
Early example of the model 83 dining table designed by Alvar Aalto. Produced in Turku, Finland by
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Vintage 1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Birch

Set of 4 Mid Century Dining / Side Chairs by Avar Aalto 1960s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
architect and designer Alvar Aalto in the 1960s. Crafted from pine wood, these chairs showcase Aalto
Category

Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Pendant Lamp in the Style of Alvar Aalto, circa 1935
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Pendant lamp designed by Unknown artist. Lamp in style of savoy lamp by Alvar Aalto, circa 1935 in
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Vintage 1930s European Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Leather Ribbed Upholstery Reclining Lounge Chairs Bent Wood Tank Style
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Mid-Century Modern bentwood rails ribbed upholstery super comfortable great looking leather lounge recliners.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Scandinavian Laminated Beech Lounge Chair, in Style of Alvar Aalto, ca. 1960s
Located in Schagen, NL
Absolute Magnificent Piece! Probably Scandinavian Design, Similar to Alvar Aalto and Marcel Breuer
Category

Mid-20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wool, Beech

Bentwood Cantilever Armchair, 1980s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Philadelphia, PA
- 34"h, 25"w, 24"d, 18.5"h seat - In the style of Alvar Aalto - Bent oakwood chair with gray, black
Category

Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Oak, Bentwood

Scandinavian Modern Plywood Dining Chairs, 1970s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Antwerp, BE
design, these dining chairs present a postmodern reinterpretation of the iconic Alvar Aalto aesthetic
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Late 20th Century European Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Plywood

1930s Modernist Cantilever Plywood Armchair
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Southampton, GB
A rare 1930s modernist cantilever armchair very much in the style of Alvar Aalto and Marcel Breuer
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Vintage 1930s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Walnut, Plywood

1930s Modernist Cantilever Plywood Armchair
1930s Modernist Cantilever Plywood Armchair
H 29.93 in W 24.02 in D 27.56 in
Pr. 1940's Open Arm Lounge Club Chairs
By Alvar Aalto
Located in New York, NY
Pair of high style lounge chairs, with an architectural continuous open arm and leg structure
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Pr. 1940's Open Arm Lounge Club  Chairs
Pr. 1940's Open Arm Lounge Club  Chairs
H 27.5 in W 30.5 in D 29.5 in
Aino Aalto 'Ama 500' Pendant Light, 1940s
By Valaistustyö, Aino Aalto
Located in Glendale, CA
her more famous husband Alvar Aalto on many of its most iconic designs. New period styled custom
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Vintage 1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Wooden Art Deco Lounge Chairs in the Style of Robert Mallet Stevens, circa 1930
By Alvar Aalto, Robert Mallet-Stevens
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Four wooden Art Deco lounge chairs in the style of Robert Mallet Stevens, circa 1930.
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Vintage 1930s European Art Deco Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wood

Berber Moroccan Rug, Organic Modern Style Collides with Subtle Shibui
By Berber Tribes of Morocco, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto
Located in Dallas, TX
Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto, or Le Corbusier. Perfect for a living room, bedroom, dining room
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Moroccan and N...

Materials

Wool

New Contemporary Berber Moroccan Rug with Minimalist Mid-Century Modern Style
By Berber Tribes of Morocco, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto
Located in Dallas, TX
20673, new contemporary Berber Moroccan rug with Minimalist Mid-Century Modern style. This
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21st Century and Contemporary Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Moroccan and N...

Materials

Wool

New Contemporary Moroccan Area Rug with Minimalist Style
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto, Berber Tribes of Morocco
Located in Dallas, TX
, Alvar Aalto, or Le Corbusier. Evoke a modern luxe experience by adding organic tactile sensations to a
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Minimalist Moroccan and North Afric...

Materials

Wool

Brass Pendant Wall Lamp by Louis Poulsen, 1960s Scandinavian Modern
By Alvar Aalto, Paavo Tynell, Louis Poulsen
Located in Odense, DK
is in the style of Paavo Tynell and Alvar Aalto. The lamp can be adjusted in any directions and
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Brass

Vintage Berber Moroccan Rug with Mid-Century Modern Style
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Berber Tribes of Morocco, Alvar Aalto
Located in Dallas, TX
inspired by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, or Alvar Aalto. Perfect for a living room, front room, dining
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Mid-20th Century Moroccan Mid-Century Modern Moroccan and North African ...

Materials

Wool

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Alvar Aalto Style For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal alvar aalto style for your home. Each alvar aalto style for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, fabric and wool. If you’re shopping for a alvar aalto style, we have 38 options in-stock, while there are 7 modern editions to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer alvar aalto style, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A alvar aalto style, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Art Deco style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Many designers have produced at least one well-made alvar aalto style over the years, but those crafted by Alvar Aalto, Berber Tribes of Morocco and Cees Braakman are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Alvar Aalto Style?

The average selling price for a alvar aalto style at 1stDibs is $1,820, while they’re typically $225 on the low end and $18,000 for the highest priced.
Questions About Alvar Aalto Style
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    The style most commonly associated with Alvar Aalto is Scandinavian modern. As an architect and designer, Aalto deserves an immense share of the credit for bringing Scandinavian modernism and Nordic design to a prominent place in the global arena. In both his buildings and his vintage furniture, Aalto's sensitivity to the natural world and organic forms and materials tempered the hardness of rationalist design, as is indicative of Scandinavian modern pieces. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Alvar Aalto furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    Alvar Aalto is known for bringing Scandinavian modernism and Nordic design to global prominence. In his designs for buildings and furniture, Aalto's sensitivity to the natural world and to organic forms and materials tempered the hardness of rationalist design. One of his most famous pieces is the Paimio armchair, which he designed in 1930 for a Finnish tuberculosis sanatorium. Comfortable yet light enough to be easily moved by patients, the Paimio chair's frame is made of two laminated birch loops. The seat and back are formed from a single sheet of plywood that scrolls under the headrest and beneath the knees, creating a pillow effect. Aalto's use of plywood had an enormous influence on Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Marcel Breuer and many others. On 1stDibs, shop an assortment of Alvar Aalto furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    The Paimio chair, designed by Alvar Aalto, is a type of armchair created in 1932. Also called the Armchair 41, it was intended to help people breathe easier and was designed for a tuberculosis sanatorium in the Finnish city of Paimio. For the chair's frame, Aalto and his wife, Aino, opted to use Finland's native birchwood, which is strong and inexpensive and felt warmer and more organic than the tubular steel found in similarly shaped pieces. Laminated wood loops form the arms, legs and a pair of flat skids, while its sculptural seat and back are built from a single piece of thin plywood. Shop a variety of Alvar Aalto Paimio chairs on 1stDibs.