Design: Alvar Aalto
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Artek's Bench 153A is a design classic by Alvar Aalto from 1945. Even though it dates back to decades ago, Bench 153A still continues to charm with its simple and streamlined elegance. The airy seat of the bench is made of solid birch and it rests on Aalto’s signature design, the L-legs. The stylish 153 benches are a great addition to a dining room or any hallway, bedroom and dressing room.
Colour: White Width: 112,5 cm Depth: 40 cm Height: 44 cm Material: Lacquered birch Notes: Comes flat-packed.
Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) is probably the most famous Finnish architect and designer in the world. In 1921 Alvar Aalto got the Diploma of Architecture at the Helsinki Institute of Technology and his career as an architect started. One of the most important works he was commissioned was the planning of the tuberculosis sanatorium in Paimio, Finland. This project meant also the beginning of Aalto’s career as a furniture designer – in fact, this was the first building planned by Aalto which was entirely furnished with pieces of furniture designed by Aalto himself – including the lighting as well. Other important projects completed by Alvar Aalto are the Viipuri Municipal Library, Villa Mairea, La Maison Carré and the Finnish Pavilions for the 1937 Paris and 1939 New York World Fairs.
Artek was founded in 1935 by four young idealists – Alvar and Aino Aalto, Nils-Gustav Hahl and Maire Gullichsen published a design manifesto inspired by functionalism, stating that Artek’s aim was “to sell furniture and to promote modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other means”. Since its foundation, Artek has played in the intersection of design, architecture, and art, making Finnish design and Alvar Aalto's furniture famous all over the world. Since 2013, Artek has been part of the Swiss furniture company Vitra.
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