Alvar Aalto First Edition Wood Stool for Finmar, circa 1930 For Sale
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Alvar Aalto First Edition Wood Stool for Finmar, circa 1930


Stool designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1930. Manufactured by Artek (Finland) Distributed by Finmar (England). Wood legs and structure. Labelled to the underside. This wood stool is designed by the designer Alvar Aalto. It is a round shaped stool with three legs made of wood, one of the designers most characteristic and iconic pieces. It has been manufactured on Artek in Finland around 1930s and distributed by Finmar in the United Kingdom, Finmar was closed in the late 30s so this certifies that it is a first edition piece. It is in good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. It is labelled to the underside with the Finmar label in perfect condition. This is a rare piece to find that perfectly showcases the simple lines and sophisticated craftsmanship of the designs of Alvar Aalto, great for any collection of xxth century design. This is a great example of his furniture, which combined practicality and aesthetics with series production, following the main Artek idea of encouraging a more beautiful everyday life in the home. We offer fast worldwide shipping options and this piece will include as a gift from us a custom wooden crate made to fit and secure the piece so that it can be shipped with extra security and no damage. All our shipping quotes also include insurance for the total value of the piece. Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (1898-1976) was a Finnish architect and designer. His work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware. It was characteristic of Aalto to treat each building as a complete work of art, right down to the furniture and light fittings. In 1935, Artek was founded by Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino Aalto to promote the growing production and sales of Aalto furniture.


  • Date of manufacture
    circa 1930
  • Period
  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 18.12 in. x Dm 13.78 in.

    H 46 cm x Dm 35 cm

  • Diameter
    13.78 in. (35 cm)
  • Seller location
    Barcelona, ES
  • Reference number

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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.

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