Armchair, ‘Paimio’, laminated and ply birch wood, designed by Alvar Aalto, Finland, 1930-1931, made by Artek, Finland, 1986

Made in Finland, Europe, 1986.

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was a Finnish architect and designer, known for his humanising and sensitive design ethic. This chair formed part of the furniture Aalto designed for his Paimio Tuberculosis Sanatorium, a medical facility set up for Tuberculosis (TB) sufferers, slightly north of Turku, between the two World Wars. Aalto won a competition for its design in 1928 and its construction was complete five years later. It was the first project where Aalto designed both the building and its furnish...

Summary

Object No.

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Physical Description

Armchair, 'Paimio', laminated and ply birch wood, designed by Alvar Aalto, Finland, 1930-1931, made by Artek, Finland, 1986

'Paimio' armchair in laminated birch plywood. The seat and back is made from one-piece of moulded and curved plywood painted white. There are four horizontal slits in the top of the back rest. The seat and back are supported on armrests. The legs and base are also made from one piece of curved plywood, unpainted.

Dimensions

Height

650 mm

Width

600 mm

Depth

830 mm

Production

Notes

This chair was produced from birch, a timber heavily forested in Finland.

designed

Aalto, Alvar Hendrik 1930-1931

Made

1986

History

Notes

This armchair was purchased from Artek through Finnish Importing, Australia in 1987.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1987

Acquisition Date

1 January, 1970

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Armchair, 'Paimio', laminated and ply birch wood, designed by Alvar Aalto, Finland, 1930-1931, made by Artek, Finland, 1986 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 January 2018, <https://ma.as/69827>

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