Armchair designed by Alvar Aalto for Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas AB,
Finland, 1920's.

Black lacquered birch.

This extremely rare model was designed in the late 1920s, the birth of this armchair is now strongly attached to the change in Aalto’s design principles during the 1920s – some of the design language of classicism can still be seen, but the light structure and the way chairs can be piled on top of another represent functionalism and purpose. This piece from our collection is one of the two chairs Alvar Aalto himself gifted to his architect friend Kaj Englund in the late 1920s. It was a part of the interior of Englund’s home in Lauttasaari, Helsinki (see historical image) and it is known Aalto used to sit in “his own chair” when visiting.

H: 84 cm/ 2' 9 1/16"
AH: 64 cm/ 25 3/16"
SH: 40 cm/ 1' 3 3/4"
W: 59 cm/ 23 1/4"
D: 65 cm/ 2' 1 1/2"

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