Alvar Aalto’s Dining Chair
Alvar Aalto (Finland, 1898-1976)
An architect and designer, Alvar Aalto deserves an immense share of the credit for bringing Scandinavian modernism to a prominent place in the global arena. In both his buildings and in his furnishings — which range from chairs, tables and lighting to table- and glassware — Aalto’s sensitivity to the natural world and to organic forms and materials tempered the hardness of rationalist design.
Relatively few Aalto buildings exist outside Finland. (Just four exist in the United States, and only one — the sinuous 1945 Baker House dormitory at M.I.T. — is easily visited.) International attention came to Aalto, whose surname translates to English as “wave,” primarily through his furniture.
An undisputed classic, the 66 chair by Alvar Aalto was designed in 1935 with functionality, simplicity, and longevity in mind. These two distressed beauties are a testament to good design, carrying with them the impressions and patina of time and defining a life well lived. Manufactured by Artek, circa 1950.