Alvar Aalto and Chair 66

The most important Finnish architect of the 20th century, ALVAR AALTO (1898-1976) was a central figure in international modernism. His greatest buildings, like the 1927 Viipuri Library and 1928 Paimio Sanatorium, fused the naturalism of Finnish romanticism with modernist ideals: as did his influential furniture and glassware.

Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto

By the 1950s, Alvar Aalto, the great Finnish architect, was one of the handful of people in Finland who were considered so important that, if they were late for a Finnair flight, the airline delayed take-off until they were safely on board. More often than not, Aalto did arrive late and Finnair passengers grew accustomed to waiting for him to board the aircraft. Aalto enjoyed this so much that, if he arrived on time, he instructed his chauffeur to drive around Helsinki Airport until he was late enough to stage a grand entrance.

alvar aalto chair

Alvar Aalto Chair 66, 1933-35

Designed by Alvar Aalto, the high-back dining chair has a solid birch core with birch laminate and face material. Solid birch legs and a high seat back made from molded birch plywood give the chair a formal presence. The 66 Chair is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Made in Finland by Artek

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