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HOME : Closeouts : Set of Four Vintage Stackable 611 Chairs Designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek

Set of Four Vintage Stackable 611 Chairs Designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek (MR14269)

Price: $1900


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Alvar Aalto

Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto was born at Kuortane, Finland, February 3, 1898. He received his diploma in architecture from the Helsinki Institute of Technology in 1921. There were few commissions in Finland, which was recovering from war and economic depression, so he first went to work in Sweden. In 1923 he opened an architectural office in Jyväskylä, where he was joined by Aino Marsio after their marriage in 1924.

From 1946-1948 he taught at MIT, where he designed Baker House, a student dormitory (1947-1948) along the Charles River. It was his largest commission in a dozen years, and one of his first challenges in urban design.

In the post war years he added city planning to his activities, as Finland repaired the damage sustained in World War II, resettled people who had lived in ceded areas, and its growing population became rapidly urbanized. To this period belong his design for the civic center of Säynätsalo, the National Pension Institute, the Academic Book Store in Helsinki, the Jyväskylä teachers` college and many others. During his lifetime, his office produced over 300 buildings and projects.
A set of four vintage 611 chairs designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek in 1929. Chair 611 is more than just something to sit on; it"s an iconic piece of design history. One of designer Alvar Aalto"s first furniture pieces, it demonstrates the esteemed architect"s love of lines, shape and form. A grid of soft yet supporting white linen composes the seat and back, offering a balanced break to the structured wooden frame. Birch wood was a favorite material of Aalto"s for its organic feel and insulating properties, and the result is truly timeless both in construction and aesthetics. The conveniently stackable Chair 611 makes for perfect group seating at the dining table, but is just as comfortable as a side chair at your desk or drawing table.
Width 19" x Depth 19.5" x Height 31.5"
Seat Height 17.5"
Very Good Vintage- Near Excellent
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