Early Tank Chair by Alvar Aalto for Artek For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 10 images

Early Tank Chair by Alvar Aalto for Artek


Early Tank chair with birch arms and spring construction seat and back. Reupholstered in cowhide. Made by Artek. This chair was produced between 1940 and 1955.


  • Condition Details
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 27.5 in. x W 30 in. x D 33 in.H 69.85 cm x W 76.2 cm x D 83.82 cm
  • Seat Height
    15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with the seller on your behalf to ensure you're satisfied with the resolution. Read more

Delivery, Returns & Payment

  • Delivery
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Alvar Aalto (Designer)

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 chair,” 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.

About the Seller

4.8 / 5
1stdibs seller since 2008
Located in Dallas, TX
20th Century Specialists
More From This Seller
Early Papa Bear Chair and Ottoman by Hans Wegne...
A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
Danish Lounge Chairs
Leather, Teak
Peacock Chair by Hans Wegner for Johannes Hansen
Johannes Hansen, Hans J. Wegner
Danish Lounge Chairs
'Pernilla 3' Lounge Chair by Bruno Mathsson for...
Bruno Mathsson, Firma Karl Mathsson
Swedish Chaise Longues
Pair of "Eva" Easy Chairs by Kerstin Hörlin-Ho...
Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist, Nordiska Kompaniet
Swedish Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
You May Also Like
Alvar Aalto Tank Chair for Artek
Alvar Aalto
Finnish Armchairs
Fabric, Birch
Alvar Aalto for Artek Lounge Armchair 44
Alvar Aalto, Artek
American Armchairs
Upholstery, Wood
Alvar Aalto 401 Wingback Chairs Artek, Finland,...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Finnish Wingback Chairs
Upholstery, Plywood
Alvar Aalto Tank Chair Model 400 by Artek in He...
Alvar Aalto
Swedish Lounge Chairs
Alvar Aalto Cantilever Chair 406 by Artek in Bi...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Finnish Lounge Chairs
Birch, Cane
Armchair M 45 by Alvar Aalto for Artek, 1947
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Finnish Armchairs
Bentwood Wool Upholstery Chaise Lounge Chair by...
Alvar Aalto, Bruno Mathsson
Finnish Chaise Longues
Wool, Bentwood
Set of 4 Chair, Model 611, Alvar Aalto for Artek
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Finnish Dining Room Chairs
Linen, Birch

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries