Aalto Paimio armchair 41

2-4 months


AU$4,461.003,347.00 €3,347.00 €£3,097.00$3,329.003,347.00 €$3,329.00¥ 369,701SG$ 4,511.002,960.00 €3,347.00 €3,347.00 €CHF 3,273.00$3,329.00C$4,369.002,700.00 €


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The Paimio armchair is one of the most beautiful chairs designed by Alvar Aalto. Its lightness and structural genius are without compare. The Paimio chair was created as part of the Paimio Sanatorium’s overall project, which commission was received by Alvar Aalto in 1929 after winning a design competition. Instead of using the traditional metal tubes, Aalto wanted something warmer and more human for the furniture. With this in mind, Aalto created in 1931 the Paimio chair, which was manufactured of bent plywood and laminated wood. Aalto wanted to create for the sanatorium pieces of furniture which would promote with their functionalism, but also with their beauty, patients’ well-being. Beside the aesthetic reasons, the Paimio chair was designed also to make it easier for patients to breath. The Paimio Sanatorium’s design made Alvar Aalto famous worldwide as an architect, but it meant also the beginning of his career as a furniture designer.

Manufacturer:
Artek
Design:
Alvar Aalto
Size:
Width 60 cm, depth 80 cm, height 64 cm, seat height 33 cm
Material:
Birch, seat bent lacquererd birch plywood

Designer

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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