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Alvar Aalto Model 401 Lounge Chair in Boucle Finland Circa 1938 No: 2

$ 4,027
  • Description
    Alvar Aalto Model 401 Lounge Chair in Boucle Finland Circa 1938 No: 2

    Alvar Aalto Model 401 Lounge Chair Finland Circa 1938, the cantilevered birch ’S' shaped frame upholstered in white Boucle upholstery, early original version pre added 'ears' to the sides of the backrest, manufactured by Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, Turku, Finland, the company is known particularly as producer of Alvar Aalto designed furniture, the base of the legs are stamped 552, reserve now.

    Please note: we also have a similar chair for sale that would make a near identical 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.
    Artek is a Finnish furniture company. It was founded in December 1935 by architect Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino Aalto, visual arts promoter Maire Gullichsen and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl. The founders chose a non-Finnish name, the neologism Artek was meant to manifest the desire to combine art and technology.

    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 1938
    Alvar Aalto
    Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, Turku,
    Cantilever Chair
    Model 41
    Stamped to base 552
    Practical & Beautiful

    The chair is offered in excellent condition having been fully restored, the material is new Boucle.

    Width: 24.5” / 62cm
    Depth: 32” / 81cm
    Height: 34" / 86cm
    Seat Height: 15" / 38cm
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (exact item)
    Period: 1920-1949
    Creation Date: 1938
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century
    Incollect Reference #: 495278
  • Dimensions
    W. 24.5 in; H. 34 in; D. 32 in;
    W. 62.23 cm; H. 86.36 cm; D. 81.28 cm;
    Seat H. 15 in;
    Seat H. 38.1 cm;
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