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Alvar Aalto Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Alvar Aalto (Finland, 1898–1976)
Alvar Aalto (Finland, 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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Alvar Aalto Coffee Table
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Atlanta, GA
Clean lined L-leg coffee table, designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, originally designed 1930s, this example is circa 1950s.
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1950s Finnish Art Deco Vintage Alvar Aalto Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Birch

Alvar Aalto Round Bentwood Coffee Table
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Round, bent brich ply coffee table by Alvar Aalto for Artek features a black lacquered top with natural legs.
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Birch

Set of Three Alvar Aalto Stacking Tables Coffee Tables, 1940s
By Finmar, Alvar Aalto
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Original Alvar Aalto birch and bentwood side by side by side coffee tables, stacking table, occasional tables, attributed to Finmar. Legs same height. Legs interlock. 20 H when stack...
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1940s Finnish Minimalist Vintage Alvar Aalto Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Bentwood

Alvar Aalto Coffee Table "L-leg" Model No. 91 in Birch and White Linoleum
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Odense, DK
The most beautiful round coffee table from the iconic "L-leg"-series designed in 1930s by Alvar Aalto, Finland. The birch has the most wonderful glow and the white linoleum top is in...
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1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Birch

Alvar Aalto L-Leg Bench/ Table Model 106
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Highland, IN
This exceptional example of Allto's slat bench/ table by Artek dates to circa 1948 and was sold at Chicago's landmark modern design store Baldwin Kingrey. It has a beautiful patina f...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Birch

Alvar Alto Slat Bench 153A
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Highland, IN
A classic Aalto design, this solid birch slat bench was produced made in Finland by Artek and sold in the U.S. by ICF.
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Bench
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Atlanta, GA
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Birch, Bentwood

Vintage Fan Leg Coffee Table by Alvar Aalto for Artek
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Buffalo, NY
Vintage fan leg coffee table by Alvar Aalto for Artek. Excellent original condition, beautiful warm, rich patina. Hand delivery avail to New York City on anywhere enroute from Buffal...
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1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Plywood

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