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Alvar Aalto Model 66 Dining Chair for Artek

$1,200per item

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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 bent birch wood legs in Aalto’s signature “L” design. This detail would later be a signature design in many of Aalto's later work. Two available; priced individually. Dimensions: 15” width x 19” depth x 30.25” height; seat height is 17“ Condition: Good vintage condition; professionally cleaned and polished.

Details

  • Creator
    Artek (Manufacturer),Alvar Aalto (Designer)
  • Design
    Chair 66L-Leg Series
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.25 in. (76.84 cm)Width: 15 in. (38.1 cm)Depth: 19 in. (48.26 cm)Seat Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Good vintage condition; professionally cleaned and polished.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1645229903872

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    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
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    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

Alvar Aalto

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.

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