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Introduced in 1937 at the Paris World's Fair, the charming and simple Tea Trolley features Alvar Aalto's innovative side frames made of molded laminated birch, hand-made wicker basket and a tile top available in black or white. Aalto designed this cart for residential use. He placed it in the living room of the Villa Mairea (1937-1939). It is based on an earlier serving cart designed for the Paimio Sanatorium (1933).
Alvar Aalto was born in Finland in 1898. By the end of his career, Aalto had become one of Finland's most famous architects and designers. Many have referred to him as the Father of Scandinavian Modernism. His professional career started in 1923 when he opened his own architectural studio. During Alvar Aalto's long career he designed tea trolleys, furniture, glassware, painted and was a prolific architect. Much of his architectural work was for the public. These included such buildings as hospitals, theaters, libraries, museums, and pavilions. His designs have become so world famous.
Making use of the natural surroundings as a starting point for his designs became Alvar Aalto's trademark. He applied it to master planning and to social building alike. With it Alvar Aalto demonstrated that a masterpiece of modern architecture could be created by adopting ideas rapidly and building far away from centers of population.
Made In Italy.
Dimensions: H 23 1/2" x D 25 1/2" x W 35 1/2"
Materials: Serving cart in natural birch, top tray in black or white ceramic tiles, hand-woven rustic wicker basket. Wheels in white plastic laminate with rubber tread.