armchair, bent plywood

© Alvar Aalto %2F Alvar Aalto Foundation

"Paimio" chair, c. 1932

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Alvar Aalto, an architect and designer, is perhaps best known today for his furniture. He designed this relaxing armchair for the Paimio Tuberculosis Sanatorium in southwest Finland. One of his earliest designs, it uses laminated birch, an uncommon material for furniture at the time. The chair was extremely strong, comfortable, and attractive, and could be inexpensively and easily manufactured. It is still produced by Artek, the company founded by Aalto and three partners.

Details
Title
"Paimio" chair
Artist Life
1898–1976
Role
Designer
Accession Number
88.13
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armchair, bent plywood

© Alvar Aalto / Alvar Aalto Foundation