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Fast worldwide delivery to over 180 countries

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Over 200,000 items in stock and ready to ship

Alvar Aalto | Stools

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) is probably the most famous Finnish architect and designer in the world. In 1921 Alvar Aalto got the Diploma of Architecture at the Helsinki Institute of Technology and his career as an architect started. One of the most important works he was commissioned was the planning of the tuberculosis sanatorium in Paimio, Finland. This project meant also the beginning of Aalto’s career as a furniture designer – in fact, this was the first building planned by Aalto which was entirely furnished with pieces of furniture designed by Aalto himself – including the lighting as well. Other important projects completed by Alvar Aalto are the Viipuri Municipal Library, Villa Mairea, La Maison Carré and the Finnish Pavilions for the 1937 Paris and 1939 New York World Fairs.

In 1935 Alvar Aalto, together with Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl, founded Artek, a world-renowned furniture and lighting company. The company was created "to sell furniture" – designed by Alvar Aalto – "and to promote modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other means". 

One of the most ingenious innovations by Alvar Aalto is the L-leg, patented in 1933. Aalto considered his L-leg design his greatest achievement and even compared it to the invention of the architectonic column. Thanks to this innovation, the legs could be attached directly to the table, chair and stool tops. Alvar Aalto was a versatile designer whose work covered different fields. He is well-known also for his elegant lamps, which very often were designed for individual construction projects and later on adapted for the serial production. Alvar Aalto was also an esteemed glass designer and his most famous work as a glass designer is the Aalto vase (or Savoy vase) – one of the most iconic glassware pieces in Finnish design.

Would you like to read more about Alvar Aalto and his work? Discover our books:
Aalto, Alvar Aalto Homes, Alvar Aalto Libraries, Alvar Aalto Designer, Alvar Aalto – The Mark of the Hand, Alvar Aalto – A Gentler Structure for Life, Alvar Aalto Architect vol. 5, Alvar Aalto Architect vol. 18, Alvar Aalto Architect vol. 20, Iittala, Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses, Mid-Century Modern Design, Modernist Escapes: An Architectural Travel Guide

Alvar Aalto has designed pieces for the following brands: Iittala, Artek, Nikari

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Scandinavian stools spread joy around the world

Stools are practical and much-needed objects at homes, patios, offices and public environments. Stools make useful extra seats when a larger group of guests gathers around a dining table, and when not in use, stackable stools are easy to store without taking too much space. Vanity stools are perfect companions for dressing tables, and bathroom stools can be safely used in wet conditions. A stool can also double as a small, easily portable side table next to a bed or a lounge chair.

Finnish Design Shop has curated a versatile and elegant collection of Scandinavian stools for every taste. A wooden stool is a perfect choice for anyone who appreciates the natural and organic feel of wood, whilst a metal stool has a more sleek, industrial appearance. Our collection spans from minimalist stools that have been stripped off all unnecessary to sculptural and playful stools that catch the attention wherever you place them. You can either choose stools that match the colour palette of your home or use stools to add a lovable pop of colour to the room. Whether you're searching for a full black or white stool, a bright red or yellow stool or a neutral grey stool, look no further! We also have a wide selection of bar stools and step stools. And if you're looking for patio stools, check out our selection of outdoor chairs!

Scandinavian design has given the world many iconic stools – Alvar Aalto's Stool 60 is probably the best-known of all of them. Finnish Design Shop stocks Artek's Aalto stools in various colours and finishes. We also have many other high-quality stools by Scandinavian brands including NikariSkagerak and Ferm Living. Browse through, get inspired, and find the right stool for your needs!

Some popular categories: Artek stools, Alvar Aalto stools