paimio armchair 41

paimio armchair 41

Design Alvar Aalto, 1931
Bent birch plywood
Made in Finland by Artek

"Objects are made to be completed by the human mind." -Alvar Aalto

Admired as much for its sculptural presence as for its comfort, the Paimio Chair (also known as chair 41) seems to test the limits of bent plywood manufacturing. The chair's framework consists of two closed loops of laminated wood, between which rides the seat-a thin sheet of plywood tightly bent at both top and bottom into sinuous scrolls, giving it greater resiliency. Inspired by Marcel Breuer's tubular-steel Wassily Chair of 1927-28, Aalto chose, instead, native birch for its natural feel and insulating properties, and developed a more organic form. Available in your choice of finish options.

Alvar Aalto was a highly talented architect and an eager spokesman for the international modernist movement. Aalto's designs were innovative and radical and became known for his experimental approach to bending wood, which greatly influenced American designers Charles & Ray Eames and Finnish-born Eero Saarinen. His style became known as humanist modernism. Alvar Aalto's dialogue with nature, architecture, design and the human being has become a living legacy.

23.6" w | 31.5" d | 25.2" h | seat: 13" h

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Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was born in Finland. Thanks to his original style and unique talents, Aalto is one of the greatest names in modern architecture and design. During his career, he designed many buildings in different parts of the world: concert halls, libraries, hospitals, museums, and private homes, including the Villa Mairea. His furniture and lamps, often starting out as a part of the buildings he designed, are produced together with Finnish Artek.
Artek was founded in 1935 by four young idealists, Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The business idea of the company was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other educational means.” The founders of Artek advocated a new kind of environment for everyday life. They believed in a grand synthesis of the arts and wanted to make a difference in town planning as well as architecture and design.
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