Aalto Atelje armchair 402


3-5 months

AU$3,083.002,324.00 €2,324.00 €£2,122.00$2,218.002,324.00 €$2,218.00¥ 252,655SG$ 3,064.002,150.00 €2,324.00 €2,324.00 €CHF 2,233.00$2,218.00C$2,935.001,875.00 €2,324.00 €2,324.00 €2,324.00 €2,324.00 €2,324.00 €2,324.00 €2,324.00 €2,324.00 €

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The armchair 402 has a more lightweight structure than the Tank chair. Moreover the seat height is five centimetres higher than in the Tank chair and for this reason its use range is larger. The flexible wood frame makes the armchair extremely comfortable. The 402 armchair is one of those pieces of furniture introduced by Alvar Aalto in 1933 in London, at the Fortnum & Mason department store’s exhibition.

Alvar Aalto
Width 61 cm, depth 70 cm, height 76 cm, seat height 42 cm
Birch, seat with springs, back with PU foam and Dacron
Upholstery options:
Kvadrat Hallingdal: off-white 100, black 190, red 680


Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto

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.

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