Aalto Tank chair 400, black leather

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$6,994.005,671.00 €£5,247.00AU$9,373.00C$9,179.00CHF 6,876.00¥ 776,743SG$ 9,476.00$5,641.004,574.00 €£4,231.00AU$7,559.00C$7,403.00CHF 5,546.00¥ 626,406SG$ 7,642.00


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Description

The armchair 400, designed by Alvar Aalto and better known as Tank, is one of the absolute milestones in furniture design of the 1900s. Alvar Aalto designed the Tank in 1936 for the Milan Triennale. The voluminous chair attracted much attention and was awarded during the fair. The Tank chair was an exception compared to Aalto’s previous pieces of furniture both for its shape and for its premises. Previously Aalto designed all his chairs for a certain architecture destination, but the Tank was designed as commission work for the Triennale. The sturdy seat and the wide armrests offer a comfortable seating experience and give the chair its characteristic appearance – which reminds of a tank. The lightness seen in Aalto’s first chairs had now changed into a more massive look and the barycentre had become lower. Of the original upholsteries, the zebra upholstery remains one of the favourite. Nowadays the upholstery options are many and include also a number of fresh colours. Fanny Aronsen’s fabrics bring a new shade to this timeless classic.

Manufacturer:
Artek
Design:
Alvar Aalto
Material:
Birch, seat with No-Sag springs, PU-foam, Dacron and leather
Colour:
Black
Size:
Width 77 cm, depth 77 cm, height 65 cm, seat height 37 cm

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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