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Alvar Aalto Stools

Finnish, 1898-1976
Finnish, 1898-1976

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.

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Artek Stool 60 Upholstered with Vintage Alexander Girard Fabric
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Meguro-ku, JP
This stool is 4 years old. The seat has been upholstered with old stock fabric designed by Alexander Girard.
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2010s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

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Cotton, Birch

Alvar Aalto Y61 Stool
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Highland, IN
Designed in 1947, Alvar Aalto's Y61 stool required a special technique to create the unique Y-leg. This vintage example was sold in the US by ICF and has a rich patina attesting to y...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Canvas, Birch

Pair of Alvar Aalto Bar Stools K65 Artek, 1930s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of Alvar Aalto bar stools K65 Artek, 1930s.
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1940s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Wood

Pair of Alvar Aalto K65 High Chairs for Artek
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of Artek’s K65 high chairs/stools designed by Alvar Aalto in 1935 and produced in the 1950's, Sweden, feature honey toned birch legs and a low bent plywood backrest. The se...
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Set of Four Alvar Aalto "Model X602" Stools for Artek
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare set of four Model X602 "Fan Leg" stools by Alvar AAlto for Artek. The stools feature a tripod leg frame with Aalto's signature "Fan Leg" detail and patinated leather upholstered...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Leather, Birch

Pair of Alvar Aalto Finsven #60 Stacking Stools, 1930s
By Alvar Aalto, Finsven
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Early Alvar Aalto for Finsven model 60 beech and birch nesting tables. With reinforced tripod bentwood legs. Measures: 13 D seat. Classic. Modernist. Rarity. Finsven label to undersi...
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1930s Finnish Art Deco Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Beech, Birch

Artek Counter Height Black Bar Stool by Alvar Aalto Modern Finland
By Alvar Aalto
Located in National City, CA
AMBIANIC presents: Artek modern black wood barstool counter height bar stool by Alvar Aalto. Made in Finland. Stamped by maker. Note more counter height bar stools are available ask ...
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Early 2000s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Pair of Alvar Aalto Stools
By Artex, Alvar Aalto
Located in Berkeley, CA
Pair of birch stools designed by Alvar Aalto for Artex, model 60, circa 1960 Finland. In excellent condition with minor signs of age and use.
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Five Stacking Stools, Model 60, by Alvar Aalto, Designed in 1933
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Five stacking chairs in beech, model 60 designed by Alvar Aalto in 1933.
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1930s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Beech

Alvar Aalto for Artek Finland Stacking Stools Model 60
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Set of three Alvar Aalto for Artek of Finland stacking stools model 60. Original two-tone dark stained legs with birch banded top and tan formica top. One is stamped Alvar Aalto Ar...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

Alvar Aalto Set of "K65" Stools in Laminated Birch by Artek, Finland in 1950s
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Odense, DK
Amazing set of 4 early production Alvar Aalto "K65" high chair / stools in beautiful vintage condition made at Artek in the 1950s. The stools are made of laminated and lacquered birc...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Wood Birch Stool 60, Finland, 1930s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Wood birch stool or side table model 60 by Alvar Aalto, an old Artek edition produced and acquired by previous owner during the 1970s. Designed by Alvar Aalto in 1933.
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1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Wood, Birch

Alvar Aalto Stool for Artek, circa 1960
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Stool designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1960. Manufactured by Artek, (Finland) Leather top, wood legs and structure. In great original condition, with minor wear consistent with ag...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Leather, Wood

Pair of Alvar Aalto Y61 Stools with Original Leather Seats
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Designed in 1947, Alvar Aalto's Y61 stool required a special technique to create the unique birch Y-legs. This pair with original leather seats are in a wonderful condition. Manufac...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Birch, Leather

1940's Alvar Aalto Birch Stool
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Miami, FL
1940's Alvar Aalto Birch stool with a shaped wooden top veneered in birch. 3 Bent wood legs with a four screw attachment. Stamped "Made in Sweden" and "Scandicrafts". Scandicrafts wa...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Alvar Aalto Stools

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Wood, Birch

Alvar Aalto Stool, circa 1960
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Stool designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1960. Manufactured by Artek (Finland). Wood legs and structure. In great original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, ...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Wood

Alvar Aalto 1960s Solid Birch Bentwood Stackable E60 Pascoe Stool for Artek
By Alvar Aalto
Located in London, GB
1960s Alvar Aalto solid bentwood stacking E60 Pascoe stool, for Artek This is a rare piece deigned by Alvar Aalto. Boasting elegant simplicity, this piece encapsulates the beauty ...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Birch

Stool by Alvar Aalto for Artek, 2007
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Brussels, BE
Stool by Alvar Aalto for Artek, 2007.
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Early 2000s Finnish Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Birch

Alvar Aalto Stool in Leather for Artek, circa 1960
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Stool designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1960. Manufactured by Artek (Finland). New leather top, wood legs and structure. In great original condition, with minor wear consistent wit...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Leather, Wood

Pair of Alvar Aalto Mid-Century Modern Round Stools
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Redding, CT
Pair of Alvar Aalto Mid-Century Modern round stools. Signed underneath ICF imports. Made in Finland. These have black linoleum tops and three wooden legs and they stack. We believe ...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Wood

Pair of Stools, Model X602 Designed by Alvar Aalto, Finland, 1950’s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Birch and leather. H: 45.5 cm/ 1' 5 7/8" Measures: D: 45 cm/ 1' 5 3/4".
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Leather, Birch

Alvar Aalto Wood Stool for Artek, circa 1950
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Stool designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1950. Manufactured by Artek (Finland.) Wood legs and structure. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Wood

Alvar Aalto, Mid-Century Modern, Artek Bentwood Stool, circa 1960
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Stool designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1960. Manufactured by Artek (Finland). Wood legs and structure. In great original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, ...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Wood

Rare Alvar Aalto Mid-Century Modern Leather and Wood Stool for Artek, circa 1960
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Rare stool designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1960. Manufactured by Artek (Finland) Leather top, wood legs and structure. In great original condition, with minor wear consistent wit...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Leather, Wood

Alvar Aalto for Artek Scandinavian Modern Upholstered Stools
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in New York, NY
Alvar Aalto for Artek Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern pair of wood stools with snake skin leather upholstery seats. Makers mark on the bottom.
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20th Century Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Alvar Alto Model 60 Stacking Stool, Finland
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Hingham, MA
Wonderful midcentury example of Alvar Aalto's L-leg three-legged Model 60 stool in birch laminate with black painted top, produced by Artek, Finland. Measures: 17" height x ~16 diame...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Alvar Aalto X602 Stool for Artek, circa 1950
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
'Fan leg' stool, model no. X602 designed by Alvar Aalto. Manufactured by Artek, Finland, circa 1950. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, pres...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Leather, Wood

1930s Alvar Aalto for Finmar Artek Finland Design E60 Stool First Edition
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Brescia, IT
Solid bent birch First edition 1934 Original 1930s, no restoration Very good vintage condition Alvar Aalto’s four-legged Stool E60 is the most elemental of furniture pieces, ...
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1930s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Model 60 Linoleum Top Stools
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in San Diego, CA
A pair of vintage Alvar Aalto model 60 linoleum top stools. Nicely warn yellow and blue top stools. Birch bentwood legs with Aalto’s signature feathered bentwood leg design. Great pa...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Birch

Alvar Aalto, Stacking Stool, Designed 1933, Beautiful Early Example
By Alvar Aalto
Located in London, GB
Alvar Aalto. Manufactured by Oy Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyo¨tedas, Finland. Model 60 stool, designed 1933. Birch and birch plywood. Original early version in good un-restored co...
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1930s Finnish Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Mid-Century Modern Wood Stool for Artek, circa 1960
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Stool designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1960. Manufactured by Artek (Finland) Wood legs and structure. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, pres...
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1960s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Bentwood

1950s Finnish Side Chair by Alvar Aalto for Artek
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A post WWII edition of a 1935 Aalto design, model No.65, of molded and bent laminated Baltic birch. This particular low back side chair being a ‘rounded front’ version with upholster...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Birch

Early Alvar Aalto Bentwood Stool
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Garnerville, NY
A very early example of Aalto's iconic use of laminated and bentwood. This stool has all the patina, wear and bruises of time and use, circa 1940-1950. Some screws are missing from r...
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1940s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Upholstery, Birch

Set of Six Contemporary Modern Alvar Aalto Stools
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This gorgeous set of six Mid-Century Modern style stools feature an ebony finish and angled legs. Sleek design with a circular kick rests and a molded wood frame adds to the allure. ...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Wood

Alvar Aalto, Mid-Century Modern, Artek Bentwood Stool, circa 1960
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Stool designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1960. Manufactured by Artek (Finland). Wood legs and structure. In great original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, ...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Wood

Pair of Chairs and Stools Designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of chairs and stools designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, 1950s. Lacquered birch and red synthetic leather.  
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

Materials

Faux Leather, Plywood

Alvar Aalto Stools for sale on 1stDibs.

Alvar Aalto Stools are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Alvar Aalto Stools, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 34 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original chairs by Alvar Aalto were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider Stools by Artek, Eero Aarnio and Lisa Johansson-Pape. The prices for Alvar Aalto Stools can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $400 and tops out at $8,872, while pieces like these can sell for $1,772.