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Alvar Aalto Dining Room Tables

Many of the most important works by acclaimed Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto can be attributed to a single design element: the L-leg. The L-shaped design allowed legs to be attached directly to Aalto’s sophisticated tables and seating, without the need for a connecting joint. This innovation, which he called “the little sister of the architectural column,” characterized the designer’s penchant for simple, easily adaptable furniture pieces, such as the side tables, coffee tables and dining tables he created, which straddled elegance and simplicity.

Developed in partnership with furniture manufacturer Otto Korhonen and patented in 1933, the L-shaped leg — the result of Aalto’s experimentation with bending birchwood, a pioneering technique at the time — would become a hallmark of tables, stools (see his iconic Stool 60), benches and chairs that Aalto designed and produced through his company, Artek, which he cofounded in 1935 with his wife and designer Aino, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The company quickly found success selling streamlined, modern furniture both in Finland and, thanks to a growing interest in Nordic furniture outside Scandinavia, internationally, including the UK where many early Artek pieces were imported by the company Finmar.

Like much of his furniture, most of Aalto’s tables, especially early models, are constructed either fully or in part with birch, which the designer referred to as a “form-inspiring, deeply human material.” The flexibility of his L-leg design allowed for easily interchangeable combinations of tabletops. It also standardized the design process for multiple shapes, with the same bentwood L-legs attached to round, square or rectangular tops for a variety of table models. This look is a hallmark of Aalto’s style — and, indeed, of mid-century Scandinavian modern design in general. It has been frequently riffed on and copied throughout the ensuing decades, though Artek still produces Aalto’s original designs.

Find a wide range of vintage Alvar Aalto tables on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Alvar Aalto
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 or library table. beautiful patina. numbered legs and 1930's Finmar label. Manufactured by O.y. Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyotehdas A.b., Turku, Finland for Finmar ltd...
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20th Century Finnish International Style Alvar Aalto Dining Room Tables

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Plywood

Large Expandable Alvar Aalto Wooden Dining Table Model 92, 1940s, Artek
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Helsinki, FI
This is a beautiful extending table model 92 by Alvar Aalto from 1940s. The body of the table is solid birch. The surface of the table is laminated by oak veneer. An extension leaf t...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Dining Room Tables

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Birch, Oak

Dining Table/Desk Made In Beechwood By Alvar Aalto From 1960s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Lejre, DK
This versatile beech wood dining table/desk combines functionality with timeless elegance. The tabletop is covered with linoleum, which gives a durable and stylish appearance. Desig...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Dining Room Tables

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Beech

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

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Birch

Vintage Aalto Table Round (Table 91) by Alvar Aalto for Artek
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Centreville, VA
The Aalto Table conveys a relaxed familiarity that resists categorisation. With legs and edge-bands of Finnish birch, it radiates natural beauty and warmth, moving easily between p...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Dining Room Tables

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Bentwood

Alvar Aalto Scandinavian Modern Vintage Y Legs Dining Table Side Table c 1946
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Vienna, AT
Scandinavian Modern vintage square like form side table from plywood and birch dining table or side table by Alvar Aalto designed circa 1946 Finland manufactured circa 1960. A wonderful squared dining table or side table from birch while the Y leg construction shows plywood. We decided to polish the table by hand with shellac for a stunning warmth and depth look and feel. Alvar Aalto ( 1898 - 1976 ) Finnish architect and designer He worked in the circle of Le Corbusier, Fernand Leger, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Walter Gropius. Just name but a few. He was influenced from Deutschen Werkbund and Bauhaus and sought for organic architecture - nature landscape and buildings should be close together. A wonderful spirit, which reflects the current vision and the spirit of the time. Y legs stands for the leg construction and based on the bending wood by Alvar Aalto - the L legs. In the Y-legs, two slim L legs were chamfered on opposite sides and glued together. The condition is very good ready for immediate use. Throughout the size and the height the table is versatile, using as side table, as dining table for smaller sized rooms, for workspaces, offices, vary it with pieces from bold yellow and cool blue Contemporary, precious hot pink and red Rococo...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Dining Room Tables

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Birch, Plywood

Alvar Aalto Fan Leg Dining Table
By Alvar Aalto
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A fantastic Alvar Aalto fan leg dining table. Birchwood with nice patina and grain-very good condition.
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1960s Finnish Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Dining Room Tables

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Birch

Alvar Aalto Extra Large Dining Table, circa 1960
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Dining table designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1960 Special commission, unique piece of measure: 246 x 140 x73 cm Wood legs and structure. In great original condition, with minor...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Dining Room Tables

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Wood

Dining Room Table, Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto, Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab
Located in Helsinki, Uusimaa
Dining room table, designed by Alvar Aalto, manufactured by Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, 1950s. Birch with linoleum table top. Good vintage condition, patina on the legs co...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Dining Room Tables

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Birch

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This writing desk or kitchen table is a fine example of designer Alvar Aalto’s bentwood furniture design, produced by his Artek workshop. The unusually narrow proportions of the piece, suggest this was a bespoke commission for a private collector. Made late 1930s, early 1940s. Alvar Aalto (1898 - 1976), was a significant contributor of the International Style architectural movement since the opening on his firm in 1923. Working in collaboration with his first wife, architect Aino Marsio, they sought to create gersamkunstwerks - total works of art in which his designs would produce integrated spaces stimulating all senses. His intention was to design furniture recognisably modern, human - but most significantly, Finnish. Through his use of local birch wood in his furniture, Aalto imbued his designs with a warmth through curvilinear form. Focussing on the human through analysing the social implications of his designs, his humanist mode of practice inspired the likes of American designers Charles and Ray Eames, and George Nelson. This vintage example displays beautifully his innovative bent-wood L leg, developed alongside Otto Korhonen...
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Alvar Aalto dining room tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Alvar Aalto dining room tables 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 dining room tables, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original dining room tables by Alvar Aalto were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in finland during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider dining room tables by Laukaan Puu, and Ilmari Tapiovaara. Prices for Alvar Aalto dining room tables can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,500 and can go as high as $25,526, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,648.
Questions About Alvar Aalto Dining Room Tables
  • 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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