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Alvar Aalto 401 Wingback Lounge Chair for Artek, Finland

$2,600Asking Price

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Alvar Aalto 401 wingback lounge chair for Artek, Finland. Birch plywood frame and new charcoal / dark grey wool upholstery. All in very good condition. Free shipping for European destinations! We strive for a high level of service and offer: White glove shipping, parcel shipping and store-to-door shipping. Please contact us for details, customization and competitive pricing. More images available on request.

Details

  • Creator
    Alvar Aalto (Designer),Artek (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 39.38 in. (100 cm)Width: 24.81 in. (63 cm)Depth: 29.93 in. (76 cm)Seat Height: 13.39 in. (34 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1955
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Amsterdam, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU171025589163

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  • Shipping
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    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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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 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 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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