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Alvar Aalto Seating

Finnish, 1898-1976

An architect and designer, Alvar 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 — which ranges from chairs, stools, 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 furnishings.

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 with his wife, Aino Aalto, in 1930 as part of the overall design of a Finnish tuberculosis sanatorium.

Comfortable, yet light enough to be easily moved by patients, the Paimio 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 the headrest and beneath the knees, creating a sort of pillow effect. Aalto’s use of plywood had an enormous influence on Charles and Ray 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 Aino, 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 pendants and other 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.

Find a collection of vintage Alvar Aalto stools, vases, dining tables and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Alvar Aalto
Stack of 4 1950s Alvar Aalto Model 60 Stools
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Oakland, CA
Set of four Alvar Aalto stool model 60, crafted out birch with lamented and steam bent legs. Nice patina with a golden color to the wood and lacquer, each marked on the bottom. A nic...
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Early Production Alvar Aalto Model 60 Stool Finsven Late 1940s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Oakland, CA
Swedish production Finsven late 1940s Alvar Aalto stool, a pre Artek production piece. The stool has developed a patina over the years which adds to its character.
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1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Model 46 Armchair with Floral Fabric, Alvar Aalto, 1930/1940s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, FI
Model 46 armchair, designed by Alvar Aalto, 1930/1940s. Stained birch frame with kerni wrapped handles. Later reupholstered with quality fabric. Good vintage condition, minor patina ...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Fabric, Birch

Alvar Aalto Pair of Artek Cantilever Armchairs Model 401, 1950s
By Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy, Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Helsinki, FI
A beautiful pair of mid-century Alvar Aalto cantilever 'spring' chairs model 401. This chair is similar to the iconic one known as Pikkupaimio (small paimio) but with a higher back a...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Metal

Stool model 60, Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1930s
By Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab
Located in Helsinki, FI
Stool model 60 designed by Alvar Aalto for Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab from the 1930s. Birch. Good vintage condition, patina and wear consistent with age and use. Iconic Al...
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1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Pair of Artek Cantilever Armchairs Model 402, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto, Artek, Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy
Located in Helsinki, FI
A beautiful pair of mid-century Alvar Aalto cantilever 'spring' chairs model 402, also known as Pikkupaimio (small paimio) associated with the legendary Paimio Sanatorium designed by Aalto. The chairs are lightweight and can be situated practically in any room or interior, and are easily moved around due to their lightness, both in weight and in appearance. The chairs have beautiful patina and are reupholstered in black premium fabric. Both chairs are stamped "Artek Aalto design Made in Finland...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Metal

Set of 2 wooden chairs 66 model by Alvar Aalto for Artek  60's
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Padova, IT
The unmistakable Chair 66 by Artek is a chair with a classic and versatile design, designed in 1935 by the brilliant Finnish designer Alvar Aalto. Appreciated for its simple and univ...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Poltrona Design Scandinavo Anni 60 Danish Modernariato.
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Taranto, IT
Alvar Aalto Poltrona Design Scandinavo Anni 60 Danish Modernariato. Struttura in legno e metallo, rivestito in tessuto, interno in spugna leggera. L’articolo è in buone condizioni ...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Alvar Aalto Birch Stool 60 by Artek c.1960s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Brooklyn, NY
STOOL 60 ALVAR AALTO FOR ARTEK C.1960 1 sold 1 available Alvar Aalto released the stool 60 in 1933 after testing the sturdiness of the design by throwing it repeatedly on the floor ...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Blue Linoleum Stool E60 (four legged) for Artek c.1960s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Brooklyn, NY
STOOL E60 ALVAR AALTO FOR ARTEK C.1950 Early model E60 stools in blue linoleum by Alvar Aalto for Artek. Rare color and healthy patina. color: blue materials: birch wood, linoleum...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Yellow Linoleum Stool E60 (four-legged) for Artek c.1960s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Brooklyn, NY
STOOL E60 ALVAR AALTO FOR ARTEK C.1950 1 available Early model E60 stool in yellow linoleum by Alvar Aalto for Artek. Rare color and healthy patina. color: yellow materials: birch ...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Alvar Aalto, a Pair of Lounge Chairs, Model 'RB 511' for Artek, 1960s
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Odense, DK
A refined pair of lounge chairs, legs made in solid birch and fabric upholstered in a turquoise alcantara. Designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek in Finland. Model "RB 511". This rare col...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Seating

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Fabric, Velvet, Birch

Set of Six Alvar Aalto Model 66 Dining Chairs for Artek
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Artek’s Model 66 dining chair designed by Alvar Aalto and produced in the 1950's feature honey toned birch legs and a high bent plywood backrest. The seat is circular birch wood with...
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch, Laminate

Alvar Aalto Stool 60, 80th anniversary Label, Artek Finland.
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Turku, FI
Stool 60, designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, is one of the icons of Finnish and Scandinavian furniture design. The classic three-legged Aalto stool is still today a beautiful, genius...
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2010s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Early Alvar Aalto Hallway Armchair in Red Lacquer Finish
By Alvar Aalto, Finmar
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A striking Model 403 Hallway Chair in red lacquer finish, designed by Alvar Aalto for the Paimio Sanitorium, later issued by Finmar. The armchair showcases a fluid design, with a gra...
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1940s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Armchair by Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in grand Lancy, CH
A laminated birch armchair with a Havana leather by Alvar Aalto for Artek
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1960s Finnish Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Leather, Birch

Early Model 611 Chair, Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1930s
By Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab
Located in Helsinki, FI
Early Model 611 chair, designed by Alvar Aalto, manufactured by Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1930s. Patinated birch. Natural surface. Good vintage ...
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1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Paimio Chair 41
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning Paimio armchair 41 by Alvar Alto for Artek, Finland, in natural birch wood with black bentwood seat with venting slots. The laminated birch frame is bent into a closed curve...
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1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Armchair model 402, 1950's Stamped:Aalto Design made in Finland
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Uccle, BE
Original 1930's Alvar Aalto Model 402 lounge chair with reupholstered off-white cream fabric. One of Aalto's notable creations is the "Model 402 Armchair...
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1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Pair of mid-century Alvar Aalto bar stools for Artek
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in London, GB
Pair of mid-century Alvar Aalto bar stools for Artek, good honey colour.
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20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Seating

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Plywood

Vintage Model 401 Armchair by Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in London, GB
An iconic and rare vintage model 401 armchair by Alvar Aalto. This was made in Finland by Artek, it dates from around the 1970’s. It is of exceptional quality and is extremely comfo...
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1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Bouclé, Bentwood

Alvar Aalto Bar Stool Artek K65
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Oakland, CA
Vintage Alvar Aalto Bar Stool for Artek, model K65 in original finish. Measurements W 13,5’’ x D 14’’ x H 28’’ Seat Height 23,5''
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Pair of Model 60 Stools, Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab
Located in Helsinki, FI
Pair of turquoise model 60 stools, designed by Alvar Aalto, manufactured by Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1950s/1960s. Birch frame with turquoise linoleum top. Good vintage ...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Karelian Birch Aalto Stool 60, Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1930/1940s
By Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab
Located in Helsinki, FI
Rare stool model 60, designed by Alvar Aalto, manufactured by Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1930/1940s. Birch frame, rare carelian birch top. Good vintage condition, patina ...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Set of 4 Alvar Aalto dining chairs Model 611, 1960s Finland
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Balen, BE
Set of 4 Alvar Aalto chairs Model 611, birch wood frame reupholstered with high quality saddle leather straps in cognac color, produced by Artek in the 1970s...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Leather, Birch

Alvar Aalto, rare variation of the model 46 for Artek, circa 1960.
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Hägersten-Liljeholmen, Stockholms län
Rare variation of the model 46 designed by Alvar Aalto in the 40's and produced by Artek in Finland in the same era. The chairs is composed by two extremly rare armrest. It has been ...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Fabric, Birch

Rare Stool Model 60, Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1940s
By Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab
Located in Helsinki, FI
Rare color stool model 60, designed by Alvar Aalto, manufactured by Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1940s. Birch with painted top. Good vintage condition, patina consistent wi...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Paint, Birch

Pair of Teak Aalto Model 60 Stools, Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1940s
By Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, FI
Pair of rare model 60 stools, designed by Alvar Aalto, manufactured by Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1940s. Birch frame with teak top. Good vintage condition, patina consist...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch, Teak

Alvar Aalto, Birch Plywood Cantilever Chair, Model 31, Huonekalu-ja, Finland
By Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy, Alvar Aalto
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Alvar Aalto model 31 chair of moulded birch plywood, cantilevered one-piece seat and back suspended from bent supports painted black. Designed in the 1930s and produced by Huonekalu...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch, Plywood

Model 66 Chair by Alvar Aalto for Artek
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Montréal, QC
Model 66 Chair by Alvar Aalto for Artek, 1960s. Birchwood frame with fuchsia upholstered seat. In good vintage condition, small tear in seat and wear to wood back. Dimensions: 30"H...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Upholstery, Birch

Alvar Aalto, Lounge Chair, Birch, Fabric, Finland, 1970s
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in High Point, NC
A moulded birch and light-grey fabric lounge chair desisgned by Alvar Aalto and produced by Artek, Finland, c. 1970s. seat height 15”. 
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1970s Finnish Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Fabric, Birch

A Pair of Alvar Aalto Stools Model 60 In Birch, 1950s Artek
By Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy, Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Helsinki, FI
A pair of Artek stools in birch and muliti layered colourful beautiful patina, designed by Alvar Aalto and retailed by Artek in the 1950s. The model 60 stool is perhaps the most well...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Model 60 Stool, Alvar Aalto, Artek, 1950/1960s
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Helsinki, FI
Model 60 Stool, designed by Alvar Aalto, manufactured by Artek, 1950/1960s. Birch frame, rare color linoleum. Good vintage condition, patina and minor wear consistent with age and us...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Model 60 Stool, Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1930/1940s
By Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab
Located in Helsinki, FI
Model 60 stool, designed by Alvar Aalto, manufactured by Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1930/1940s. Painted birch. Good vintage condition, heavy patina consistent with age an...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch, Paint

1950s Vintage Alvar Aalto Stool
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Lambertville, NJ
'Fan leg' stool, designed by Alvar Aalto. Manufactured by Artek, Finland, circa 1950. Reupholstered in a beautiful wool by Pierre Fre
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Wool, Beech

Alvar Aalto, Padded Paimio 44 Lounge chair, Artek 1950s
By Alvar Aalto, Artek, Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy
Located in Helsinki, FI
The famous Paimio lounge chair model 41, designed by Alvar Aalto for the Paimio Sanitarium. Manufactured by Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Oy in t...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Metal

Model 60 Stool, Alvar Aalto, Artek, 1950/1960s
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Helsinki, FI
Model 60 Stool, designed by Alvar Aalto, manufactured by Artek, 1950/1960s. Birch with rare wine color vinyl. Good vintage condition, patina and wear consistent with age and use. A...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Model 60 Stool, Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1930/1940s
By Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab
Located in Helsinki, FI
Model 60 stool, designed by Alvar Aalto, manufactured by Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1930/1940s. Painted birch. Good vintage condition, rich patina and wear consistent wi...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch, Paint

Rare Alvar Aalto Cantilever Armchair Model 26, Artek, Finland
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Espoo, FI
Very hard to find Model 26 armchair is designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek with frame in steel tube, painted matt black and with seat form pressed birch plywood, lacquered in black. Aalto designed Lounge Chair 26...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Seating

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Metal

"Aalto goes high" Spring Chair Model 42 by Shekki
By Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, Artek
Located in Helsinki, FI
Although this is one of the most iconic and finest furniture works from Alvar Aalto, the model 42 chair, also known as spring chair, `Pikku Paimio` or Small Paimio in english, in th...
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch, Plywood

Extremely Rare Alvar Aalto Stools E60 Wartime Version, Artek, 1940s
By Alvar Aalto, Artek, Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy
Located in Helsinki, FI
Alvar Aalto war-time stools are extremely sought after collectibles for the simple reason that not many of them are available any more. A war-time stoo...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Wood

Alvar Aalto, Pair of X601 Stools, Artek
By Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy, Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Helsinki, FI
This stool was designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek originally in the 1950s. We have noticed throughout the years that this stool has been often used as a bed side table. It can also b...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Leather, Birch

Important Pair of 'X602' Stools by Alvar Aalto for Artek, 1954
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Antwerpen, VAN
Very rare pair of model ‘X602’ stools designed by Alvar Aalto around 1954. Made of a birch tripod base with exceptional wood detailing and the original black leather seats. In great ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Seating

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Leather, Birch

Pair of Alvar Aalto for Artek N65 Bentwood Children's Chairs
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Round Rock, TX
Offered is a set of newer production N65 children's chairs designed by famed architect and designer Alvar Aalto and produced by Artek. Easily one of Aalto's most recognized and c...
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Early 2000s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Rare Alvar Aalto Stool 60 In Birch, Artek, 1940s
By Alvar Aalto, Artek, Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy
Located in Helsinki, FI
An iconic red model 60 stool in birch and beautiful patina. Designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek in the 1940s, this design has definitely stood the test of time, as it is still in produ...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Bench Blue Linoluem Top
By Alvar Aalto
Located in 東御市, JP
1960's alvar aalto design bench It is blue linoleum top.
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1960s Finnish Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Stool 60, 1960's, Artek Finland
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Turku, FI
Iconic Aalto three-legged stool. Stool 60 was officially unveiled to an enthusiastic public in London at a Finnish furniture review in November 1933. The stool’s revolutionary L-leg ...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

alvar aalto stoolE60 kids size painted green 1960's
By Alvar Aalto
Located in 東御市, JP
Designed by Alvar Aalto. This chair 69 was manufactured in the 1950s. There is evidence of overpainting There is some damage to the leg of the chair, but there is no problem in using...
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1960s Finnish Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Vintage Alvar Alto Low Bench 153A of Birch by Artek in Finland 1980s.
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Finish Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) vintage low bench. The bench is made of solid birch with lacquer in the 1980s. by Artek in Finland. Very nice vintage...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

A pair of Alvar Aalto Stackable Stools Model 60
By Alvar Aalto, Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy, Artek
Located in Helsinki, FI
An iconic pair of green model 60 stools in birch. Designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek in the 1940s, this simple design has definitely stood the test of time, as it is still in producti...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

3 Alvar Aalto Stackable Stools Model no 60, 1930s
By Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy, Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Helsinki, FI
These three Alvar Aalto iconic stools from 1930s are beautiful and space saving furniture pieces of timeless design. The legs are mounted directly to the underside of the round seat ...
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1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch, Fabric

Chair 611 by Alvar Aalto for Artek
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Princeton Junction, NJ
Chair 611 by Alvar Aalto for Artek, webbing has been newly done.
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Seating

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Wood

Pair of 2 Mid Century Italian Alvar Alto Lounge Chairs 1980s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Certainly! The Pair of 2 Mid Century Italian Alvar Aalto Lounge Chairs from the 1980s are exquisitely crafted with a handmade curved wood base, reflecting the iconic mid-century desi...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Fabric, Wood

1940s Aino Aalto Table and 4 Aalto Stools in Marimekko Plastic Laminated Fabric.
By Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy, Aino Aalto, Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Helsinki, FI
Alvar Aalto designs are famous worldwide for a number of reasons. Beauty and functionality are at the top of the list. Since these furnitures were designed mainly for the export mar...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch, Plastic

alvar aalto stool60 natural 1950's
By Alvar Aalto
Located in 東御市, JP
Designed by Alvar Aalto. This stool60 was manufactured in the 1950s.
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1950s Finnish Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

Model 60 Stool, Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1930/1940s
By Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab
Located in Helsinki, FI
Model 60 Stool, designed by Alvar Aalto, manufactured by Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1930/1940s. Birch. Good vintage condition, gorgeous patina. Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) ...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

alvar aalto stool60 vinyl leather red 1950's
By Alvar Aalto
Located in 東御市, JP
Designed by Alvar Aalto. This stool 60 was manufactured in the 1950's. The seat is covered with vinyl leather. The condition of the vinyl leather is not torn, but there are some stai...
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1950s Finnish Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

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Birch

alvar aalto stool60 natural 1950's
By Alvar Aalto
Located in 東御市, JP
Designed by Alvar Aalto. This stool60 was manufactured in the 1950s.
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1950s Finnish Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Seating

Materials

Birch

Alvar Aalto seating for sale on 1stDibs.

Alvar Aalto seating are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Alvar Aalto seating, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 213 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 4 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original seating by Alvar Aalto were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by Ilmari Tapiovaara, Yrjö Kukkapuro, and Oy Stockmann AB. Prices for Alvar Aalto seating can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $480 and can go as high as $80,707, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,221.
Questions About Alvar Aalto Seating
  • 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 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 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.

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