Aalto 65 Low Backrest

The pull-up dining chair no. 65 was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1935. It’s sleek shape and modern design has made this chair a classic piece of furniture.  These four chairs have an unusually low backrest, which I have not seen anywhere else. They date most likely to 1950s and are manufactured by Artek, Finland, the licensed manufacturer of Aalto furniture.

Chair’s Story

Alvar Aalto was a highly talented architect and an eager spokesman for the international modernist movement. Aalto’s designs were innovative and radical and became known for his experimental approach to bending wood, which greatly influenced American designers Charles & Ray Eames and Finnish-born Eero Saarinen. His style became known as humanist modernism. Alvar Aalto’s dialogue with nature, architecture, design and the human being has become a living legacy.

The invention by Alvar Aalto and the joiner Otto Korhonen of bending chair legs from solid wood made it possible for the Aalto stool to be conceived. Through this method Aalto achieved one of the main goals of modern furniture design; the mass production of furniture. Joints, which demanded a good deal of time and skilled workmanship, could be abandoned.

SPECIFICATIONS:  Excellent condition with some age appropriate wear.
MATERIALS:  Lacquered natural birch legs. Back birch, bent plywood, natural lacquered. Seat birch veneer, natural lacquered.
LENGTH: 35 cm / 13.8 in
DEPTH: 39 cm / 15.4 in
HEIGHT: 56 cm / 22 in
SEAT HEIGHT: 45 cm / 17.7 in