This iconic stool by Alvar Aalto, features the designer's signature bended wood technique developed in the 1920s. Patented by Aalto in 1933 and the catalyst for Artek, this piece has come to symbolize the most prized principals of Aalto's design philosophy: multi-functional, aesthetically beautiful, and most importantly, stable. Used as a seat, table, storage unit, or display surface, these pieces are long-lasting and versatile.
Alvar Aalto (b. 1898- d. 1976) was a Finnish architect and designer, celebrated as the inventor of bent plywood furniture. His work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware, as well as sculptures and paintings. Together with first wife Aino Aalto, he developed works with a focus on gesamtkunstwerk, or the totality of the space, giving special care and attention to the interior surfaces and accessories after designing the building itself. He is the designer and founder of the Alvar Aalto Museum in Finland.
Artek is a Finnish furniture company founded in December 1935 by architect Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino Aalto, visual arts promoter Maire Gullichsen and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl. The founders chose a non-Finnish name in an effort to manifest the desire to combine art and technology, echoing the main theme of the International Style Movement.
Solid birch, birch plywood, clear lacquer. Manufactured by Artek. Measures 15 x 15 x 17.5 inches. Stackable.