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Set of Four Artek Stool by Alvar Aalto, Mid-Century Modern


For your consideration a set of four Artek stools by Alvar Aalto. We have a total of 33 stools, some are taller 29 5/8" and the some other are 25 1/2" with footrest. No all the stools have the original label, but the ghost sticker can be seen. The dates ranges from 2008-2011. Birch bentwood, painted in black with signs of vintage wear. Scuffs present from normal wear. They can be restored if desired. Made in Finland by Artek. Measures: Short stools 25 1/2" tall x 20 1/4" diameter botton, 13 5/8" diameter top Tall stools 29 5/8" tall x 21 3/8" diameter bottom, x 13 3/8" diameter top Please click in our AMBIANIC logo to view all our inventory.


  • Period
  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Good. Gently used. Signs of vintage wear present. Refer to images. .
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions

    H 29.63 in. x Dm 21.38 in.

    H 75.27 cm x Dm 54.31 cm

  • Diameter
    21.38 in. (54.31 cm)
  • Seat height
    29.63 in. (75.27 cm)
  • Seller location
    National City, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
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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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