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Alvar Aalto Stools

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 vintage furniture — which ranges 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 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 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 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 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 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
Italian Mid-Century Modern Solid Wood Chair by Alvar Aalto for Artek, 1960s
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern solid wood chair by Alvar Aalto for Artek, 1960s Fantastic and Very rare and particular stool with beckrest, mod. 66 The structure is in curved and solid ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Wood

Alvar Aalto for Artek Scandinavian Modern Upholstered Stools
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
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

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Upholstery, Wood

Alvar Aalto Model 60 Stool from the 1930s
By Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy, Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, FI
Alvar Aalto Model 60 Stool from the 1930s. Manufactured by O.Y Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas A.B in Finland. Bent solid birch and birch plywood. Rare color. The model 60 stool ...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

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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

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Leather, Wood

Alvar Aalto Stool X602 for Artek, 1960s
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, FI
Even though simple, these stool come with great quality and attention to details. The less common X-leg with the leather padding brings plain beauty. This stool comes in beautiful pa...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Leather, Oak

Pair of K65 Stools by Alvar Aalto for Artek, 70’s
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Padova, IT
Stool mod. K65 was designed by Alvar Aalto between 1933 and 1935. The height is designed for combinations with high tables or counters. The lowered backrest offers the right suppor...
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1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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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

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Canvas, Birch

Alvar Aalto "Model 60" Stool for Artek
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Model 60 three-legged stool by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, c.1950s. The stool features a circular birch wood top and bent birch wood legs with Aalto’s signature “L-leg” design. ...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Set of "K65" Stools in Laminated Birch by Artek, Finland in 1950s
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Amazing set of 6 early production Alvar Aalto "K65" high chair / stools in beautiful vintage and recently restored condition, made at Artek Finland in the 1950s. The stools are made ...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Artek Stool 60, Zebra Fabric, 1950's
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
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 three-legged Aalto stool ...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Stool X600 for Artek, 1960s
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, FI
Even though simple, this stool comes with great quality and attention to details. The less common X-leg with the leather padding bring plain beauty. This stool is in good condition w...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Leather, Birch

Alvar Aalto L-leg Stools Model 60 in Birch & Red Linoleum, 1960s Artek, Finland
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Odense, DK
Pair of beautifully patinated L-leg stools by Alvar Aalto from the early Artek production in laminated birch and red linoleum seats. The condition of these 1960s stools is amazing an...
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1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Set of Three Alvar Aalto Stackable Stools Model 60
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, FI
A lovely colourful set of Alvar Aalto stools that will surely bring in the festive spirits for the season. A timeless design with legs mounted directly to the underside of the round...
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1940s Finnish Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Alvar Aalto - Vintage Tripod Stool Model 60 - Two Tone - Birch
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Hasselt, VLI
This two-tone tripod stool was designed by the Finnish designer Alvar Aalto (1898 - 1976) in the 30s and produced by Artek after 1960. They are composed of a round seat and 3 feet, a...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

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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

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Birch

Six Alvar Aalto Stools in Birch "Model 60" Produced by Artek, Finland ca 1940s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in St-Brais, JU
With Artek 2nd Cycle sticker, late 1940s. Purchased in Helsinki.
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1940s Finnish Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Wood

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

Alvar Aalto, Stacking Stool, Designed 1933, Beautiful Early Example, Artek
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 condition...
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1930s Finnish Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Pair of Vintage Fan Leg Side Tables / Stools by Alvar Aalto Designs for Artek
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in San Diego, CA
Pair of vintage fan leg side tables / stools by Alvar Aalto Designs for Artek, circa 1950s. The tables are made of birch bentwood with Aalto’s signature feathered bentwood leg design...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Original 1930s Early Production Alvar Aalto Stool 60, Distributed by Finmar
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Bristol, GB
Early production 1930s/40s Model 60 stool designed by Alvar Aalto in 1934, made in Finland and distributed in the UK by Finmar. Solid bent birch legs, sawn to create the bend. Bir...
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1930s Finnish Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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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

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Leather, Wood

Original 1930s early production Alvar Aalto Stool 60, distributed by Finmar
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Bristol, GB
Early production 1930s/40s Model 60 stool designed by Alvar Aalto in 1934, made in Finland and distributed in the UK by Finmar. Solid bent birch legs, sawn to create the bend. Birch...
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1930s Finnish Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

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 matched patina.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Bentwood

Pair of Alvar Aalto k65 High Chairs for Artek Finland
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Turku, FI
High Chair model K65 was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1935. The chair features birch legs and a low back made of bent birch plywood. Timeless Classic. These Original Artek k65 Chairs ...
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1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Chair Stool Model 65
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in San Diego, CA
Model 65 chair designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Produced by his own company Artek. Made from birch with a molded plywood back. Birch bentwood legs with Aalto’s signature f...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Alvar Aalto, Pair of E60 Stools, 1960s
By Alvar Aalto, Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy
Located in Helsinki, FI
The stool 60 has become a symbol and one of the most recognizable designs by Alvar Aalto. This design shows the collaboration made between the Finnish Architect Alvar Aalto and the e...
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1960s Finnish Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Laminate, Birch

Four Scandinavian Modern Counter Height Stools by Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Minneapolis, MN
This set of four counter height bar stools in lacquered beech by Alvar Aalto have a classic and clean profile that will compliment and enhance just about anything they are paired wit...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

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Beech

Stool in Cane by Alvar Aalto, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Lejre, DK
Alvar Aalto stool model no. 61 in beech with cane seat. Designed for Artek. Great original condition.
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Cane, Beech

Alvar Aalto writing table and stool, Artek
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, FI
An iconic Aalto set including the model K81 writing table and the model 60 stool, both in a beautiful red coat of paint and an astonishing patina. Both pieces have maintained a great...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Alvar Aalto 7 Stackable Stools Model no 60, 1930s
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Helsinki, FI
These seven 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 Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Fan Leg Side Table, Model X601, in Birch and Leather by Alvar Aalto for Artek
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Dorchester, MA
eatures a distinctive five-section fan of bent birchwood, whose joins cascade down the legs, and the original leather-wrapped top with a beautiful patina. The piece can serve as a si...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch, Leather

Alvar Aalto Stool 60
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Barcelona, ES
Stool 60 designed by Alvar Aalto, unknown producer. Strong structure in curved plywood legs and black painted wood seat, original screws. The stool is ready to use, with the beautifu...
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1940s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Plywood

Vintage Midcentury Alvar Aalto stool, model "Y61", Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lovely stool by Alvar Aalto, model “Y 61”. Made from birch with flowing lines, wreathed rattan seat.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Rattan, Birch

Pair of Stools Model X601 Designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of stools model X601 designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, 1950s. Birch and original leather. Model X601 is one stool variation from Alvar Aalto's famous fan leg series,...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

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Leather, Birch

Alvar Aalto Stool, circa 1960
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
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, prese...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Wood

X600 Tomato Stool by Alvar Aalto for Artek, 1950s
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Maastricht, NL
A beautiful 1950s 'X600' stool by Alvar Aalto for Artek. The fan shaped legs are made of bent birch wood and are painted in a rich green color. The seat pad is made of red leather. T...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch, Leather

Alvar Aalto Wood Stool for Artek, circa 1950
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
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, preservi...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Wood

Vintage Alvar Aalto Model 60 L-Leg Stool
By Alvar Aalto
Located in San Francisco, CA
Nice earlier example, 1950s all original example of Alvar Aalto's model 60 L-Leg stool in birch and black laminate, made by Artek. This stool has a great patina from years of service...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Laminate, Birch

Alvar Alto Model 64 Upholstered Bar Stool in Black and White for Artek
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
Newer production bar stool by Alvar Aalto for Artek. Custom color scheme with white legs, black footrest, and black upholstery. Upholstery is clean and some have small chips in the p...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

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Upholstery, Bentwood, Plywood, Paint

Set of 3 Alvar Alto Stool 60 by Artek, Finland
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in New York, NY
Set of 3 vintage original vintage Alvar Alto 60 stools from early 1960s. From a private home with one owner who purchased them in the late 1950s. Two with blue linoleum tops and one ...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Bentwood, Birch

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 Stool in Birch "Model 60" Produced by Artek, Finland ca 1940s
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare and early stool "model 60" designed by Alvar Aalto and produced by Artek, Finland in the 1940s. In good vintage and original condition with signs from age and use. Stable. D...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Set of Two Alvar Aalto Model Y 61 Stools from 50s
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, FI
A set of two Alvar Aalto model Y 61 stools. Manufactured by Artek in the 50s. The stools have the iconic Y -leg design with linen webbing. The birch legs are beautifully aged to a ni...
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1940s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Linen, Birch

Set of Two Alvar Aalto Model Y 61 Stools from 1960s/1970s
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, FI
A set of two Alvar Aalto model Y 61 stools. Manufactured by Artek in the 1960s/1970s. The stools have the iconic Y -leg design with quilted leather. The birch legs are beautifully ag...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

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Leather, Birch

Alvar Aalto X602 Stool for Artek, circa 1950
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
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

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Leather, Wood

Alvar Alto Model 60 Stacking Stool, Finland
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Hanover, 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

Artek Aalto Stool 60 Limited Edition
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Turku, FI
Rare piece of iconic piece. Limited edition and numbered edition 28/80. Originally designed to the exhibition ‘Alvar Aalto through the eyes of Shigeru Ban’ at the Barbican in Londo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

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Fabric, Upholstery, Birch, Bentwood

Alvar Aalto Stool X600 for Artek, 1960s
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, FI
Even though simple, this stool comes with great quality and attention to details. The less common X-leg with the leather padding bring plain beauty. The original blue leather makes t...
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1950s Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Leather, 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

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Bentwood

Early Alvar Aalto Bentwood Stool
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
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

Alvar Aalto, Solid Birch Bentwood Stackable E60 Pascoe Stool for Artek, 1960's
By Alvar Aalto
Located in London, GB
This is a rare piece deigned by Alvar Aalto. Boasting elegant simplicity, this piece encapsulates the beauty of mid century Modernist design. About the designer: As one of the key...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Artek Stool 60, Blue Linoleum Top, 1950's
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 three-legged Aalto stool ...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Stool E60, Green Laminate Top
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Turku, FI
Stool E60, designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, is one of the icons of Finnish furniture design. The four-legged Aalto stool is still today a beautiful, genius product whose simple sha...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Stools

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Laminate, Birch

Alvar Aalto stools for sale on 1stDibs

Alvar Aalto stool is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Alvar Aalto stool, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 32 vintage editions of these items are in-stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original stools by Alvar Aalto were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider stools by Eero Aarnio, Lisa Johansson-Pape and Stockmann-Orno. The prices for Alvar Aalto stools can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $400 and tops out at $8,672, while pieces like these can sell for $1,600 on average..

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