The Nesting Table 88 is a multifunctional table trio designed by Alvar Aalto in 1935. Made of veneered birch, Nesting Table 88 consist of three small tables of different sizes. The tables serve as coffee tables in the living room or side tables anywhere in the house, and when needed, they nest perfectly inside each other.
Artek tables are based on different combinations of Alvar Aalto’s L-legs and tabletops. Aalto introduced the bent L-leg for the first time in 1933, and it became a standard component in his furniture designs. Judging his importance as a designer and architect, Aalto considered the development of the L-leg as his greatest achievement – he called the L-leg as "the little sister of the architectonic column". The development of the L-leg was revolutionary because it solved the problem of attaching legs directly to the tabletop in a completely new way – the leg could be fastened with screws directly to the tabletop, and the result was a solid and simple structure.