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Chair 69 Colour 2018

By Artek


  • Description

    The Aalto Chair 69, designed in 1935, is one of Alvar Aalto's favourite dining chairs. Like in his other furniture, Aalto also used the L-leg structure in the Chair 69, which made it possible to attach the legs of the dining chair directly to the seat. Chair 69 was originally designed by Alvar Aalto for the Viipuri Municipal Library. In 1927 Aalto won the planning competition for the library and the building was inaugurated in 1935. Beside planning the building, he also designed lamps, details of the interiors and furniture like the Chair 69. The seat base and the backrest of this chair are wider and thus provide superior stability and everyday function.

    With Artek Colour 2018, Artek dove into their archives and analysed the finishes they had used over the decades. Certain guiding motives became obvious: the use of dark stains on wooden surfaces as well as the application of strong signal reds. The Artek Colour 2018 collection builds upon these historic finds, introducing a powerful combination of a deep walnut stained birch and bright red lacquer.

  • Technical Info

    Legs and seat core are solid birch
    Backrest is form-pressed solid birch lamella

    W:44 x D:47 x H:76 cm (Seat height: 45.5cm)

  • Designer
    Alvar Aalto

    Undoubtedly the most celebrated and influential genius of Scandinavian design, Aalto's (1898-1976) work stretches from furniture to architecture and city planning, from art glass to light fittings. His most famous buildings include the Paimio hospital in Finland, the Viipuri library in todays Russia, the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki and the Essen Opera House in Germany.

    Aalto was strongly influenced by the organic shapes of Finnish nature and both his world famous Savoy vase, his folding screen and the Paimio chair share their curving shapes with many of his buildings. Aalto was a great innovator of new manufacturing techniques for wooden furniture, a material he always preferred before steel because of its more humane character. His experiments with the bending of wood resulted in a series of unique and best selling furniture designs, most of them still in production by Artek, the company Aalto co-founded in 1935. His career lasted for six decades, from the 1920s to the 1970s.

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  • Delivery

    2-3 weeks
    Made to order item

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