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Alivar Aalto designed the Paimio Chair in 1932-33, which revolutionized both the aesthetics and technology of modern furniture design. The arms are constructed of layers of bent laminated birch while the Aalto Paimio Chair seat is molded from a single piece of birch plywood in your choice of black or white lacquer. The profile of the Paimio Chair is nothing less than striking. Although this chair is generally referred to as the "Paimio Chair", it was not produced specially for the sanatorium at Paimio as the name would indicate. It received its name because it was developed during the period when Aalto was working on the design of the sanatorium.
In 1929, Aalto met a Finnish furniture manufacturer. The collaboration that followed, in which architectural design skill came together with practical, industrial know-how created the condition in which the first wooden furniture of Aalto was produced. Undoubtedly Aalto became one of the most important modern European architects. Taking architectural rationalism as his starting point, he moved beyond a purely formal schematic approach.
Alivar Aalto's creative output has ranged from the design of glass objects and furnishing to architectural design and painting. His glass vase collection, known as Aalto, is renowned all over the world and is an expression of his great skill in the design field. Starting from a humble spoon, right up to a complete town (he in fact produced urban development plans for both Finland and Sweden), the work of Alvar Aalto is symbolized by his characteristic "wave" ("Aalto" being in fact the Finnish word for wave).
Made In Italy.
Dimensions: H 25 1/4" x D 31 1/2" x W 23 1/2"
Material: Armchair in natural birch, seat in black or white lacquered plywood.