Alvar Aalto Rectangular Table, 81B
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The Aalto Table conveys a relaxed familiarity that resists categorization. With legs and edge-bands of Finnish birch, it radiates natural beauty and warmth, moving easily between public and private spheres in accordance with Alvar Aaltoâ?s conception of versatile furniture. The top is available in birch, linoleum, or laminate, materials that age gracefully over time and last across generations. All-natural linoleum offers the ideal surface for writing, while easy-to-clean laminate provides a slightly more robust option. Whether used for dining, working, or playing, the table retains its character while offering endless possibilities.
- Brand:Artek / Vitra
- Country: Made in Finland by Artek
- SKU: AK-283-004-81-FJ
- Material: Birch
- Designer:Artek / Vitra
- Dimensions:WxDxH: 29.5" x 47.25" x 29.25"
Aalto's unique aesthetic helped to define Finnish design as well as introduce it to a global audience. Aalto hallmarks include a harmonious relationship with nature, functionalism combined with beauty, excellent attention to details and an ingenious use of materials. Aalto's designs were already being exhibited internationally as early as the 1930s, including at New York's Museum of Modern Art. When Aalto premiered his "Savoy Vase" at the 1930 New York Worldâ?s Fair, it instantly caused a sensation with its dynamic wavy design that was as alive and fluid as the Finnish lakes that inspired it. The legendary vase is one of the world's most famous glass objects and remains a timeless staple for Iittala.
The name Artek is a synthesis of "art" and 'technology'—concepts central to the international modernist movement that came to prominence in the 1920s. It was Walter Gropius, a key proponent of modernism, who coined the motto 'art and technology—a new unity.' Technology was understood to include science and industrial production methods, while the conception of art extended beyond the fine arts to encompass architecture and design. Modernism aimed to achieve a fruitful union of these two spheres. This same aspiration guided the founders of Artek in their naming of the company.
The Artek collection consists of furniture, lighting, and accessories designed by Finnish masters and leading international designers. It stands for clarity, functionality, and poetic simplicity.
virta. - Creating innovative products and concepts with great designers is Vitra's essence. They are developed in Switzerland and installed worldwide by architects, companies and private users to build inspirational spaces for living, working and shopping as well as public areas. With its classics Vitra represents groundbreaking 20th century design. Today, in combining technical and conceptual expertise with the creativity of contemporary designers, Vitra seeks to continue pushing the boundaries of the design discipline. A family business for eighty years, Vitra believes in lasting relationships with customers, employees and designers, durable products, sustainable growth and the power of good design.