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Alvar Aalto Model 21 Cantilever Side Chairs By Finmar Pair Finland Circa 1935

$ 20,163
  • Description
    Alvar Aalto Model 21 Cantilever Side Chairs By Finmar Pair Finland Circa 1935

    Pair of Alvar Aalto Model 21 Cantilever Side Chair sfor Finmar Finland circa 1935, bent laminated birch frame with moulded plywood seat, the chairs have a faded 'Finmar' label to the underside and are stamped '20' to base, a wonderful addition to any collection, reserve now.

    Sold as a pair.

    Alvar Aalto (Finnish 1898-1976) 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: "True architecture exists only where man stands in the centre," he wrote. Aalto designed furniture in stack-laminated plywood composed of Finnish birch, which was cost-effective and lent warmth to his interiors. Aalto also revived Finnish glass design with his entries in the various Karhula-Iitala glassworks competitions throughout the 1930s.

    In 1936 he won first place for a collection of colourful, wavy vases in various sizes titled Eskimoerindens skinnbuxa (The Eskimo Woman’s Leather Breeches). The vases were an immediate success and the most popular size, now known as the "Savoy" vase, is still in production today. Aalto's freeform designs, in harmony with human needs and nature, anticipated the organic modernism of the 1950s and 1960s; in particular, his innovations in bent plywood had a major impact on designers such as Charles and Ray Eames.

    Mid Century
    Circa 1935
    Alvar Aalto
    Cantilever Chair
    Model 21
    Practical & Beautiful

    The chairs are offered in good original condition with age related scuffs and marks, with no weakness to the joints, the bottom of the wooden runners are dirty and stained, the seat colour is patchy, otherwise in good condition.
    Height: 33” /83cm
    Width: 19” / 49cm
    Depth: 22” / 56cm
    Floor to seat: 17” / 44cm
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Period: 1920-1949
    Creation Date: 1935
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century
    Incollect Reference #: 495286
  • Dimensions
    W. 19 in; H. 33 in; D. 22 in;
    W. 48.26 cm; H. 83.82 cm; D. 55.88 cm;
    Seat H. 17 in;
    Seat H. 43.18 cm;
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