Model 51 Hallway Armchairs by Alvar Aalto


  • A pair of birch laminated plywood and solid birch model 51 / 403 hallway armchairs.

    Designed for the Paimio Sanatorium, Finland, in circa 1932 by architect and designer Alvar Aalto, produced by Artek and retailed by Finmar. They were designed to be lightweight, mobile, and stackable.

    Signed: The chair bears the original "Finmar" label to the underside indicating that it was produced for the UK market before 1950.

    Condition: In very good condition with minor age related scuffing to the frames. 

    Dimensions: 55w x 49d x 77h (seat height 41) cm

    In contrast with the functionalism of the International Style (as well the neoclassicism put forward by the Nazi and Soviet regimes), Alvar Aalto brought a refreshing breath of humanism to modern design. He was deeply interested in exploring new manufacturing techniques and uses of materials in his pursuit of modern furniture design, favoring light, dematerialized forms with dramatic cantilevers.

    Aalto designed furniture in stack-laminated plywood composed of Finnish birch, which was cost-effective and lent warmth to his interiors. His innovations in bent plywood had a major impact on designers such as Charles and Ray Eames.

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