This poster by the Berlin- based design company Greige is part of their aptly named 2013 "Icon Series" for Artek's abc Collection. It depicts a stark silhouette on light brown recycled paper of the iconic Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto. Featuring the designer's signature bended wood technique developed in the 1930's, Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto was patented in 1933 and was the catalyst for Artek. This multi-use furniture has come to symbolize the most prized principals of Aalto's design philosophy.
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 (f. 1935) 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.