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Alvar Aalto Table 81B, 1935

Designed by Alvar Aalto
Product code: 991216


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Table 81B by Alvar Aalto

In the late 1920’s Aalto collaborated with the Finnish furniture manufacturer Korhonen to explore new production techniques. Aalto’s L-Leg was borne out of experiments in bending plywood and solid wood to create modernist furniture. The use of wood was considered more humane, and softer than the sterile tubular steel advocated by Bauhaus designers. The L-leg was strengthened with the insert of thin laminates within the solid wood and provided the basis for a host of tables, stools and storage furniture.

Further developments in pressed plywood and laminated birch led to some of Aalto’s most iconic furniture designs.

Characteristic of Alvar Aalto’s work is the system of standardised individual components that can be pieced together to form a comprehensive collection of furniture.

The table range was extensive through dimensions and finishes and proved to be versatile for both domestic and office use.

The table offered has a unique provenance having come from the University of Technology, Helsinki. The Aalto designed building began construction in 1949 and the tables released during a refit in 2012.

Black linoleum tops with age-related wear.

Three tables are available.

120w x75d x 72cmh

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