Aalto X601 Fan Leg

This stool was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1954 and features his impressive fan shaped X-Leg design. There are three chairs, two upholstered in black leather and one in natural lacquered ash. The oldest one of these stools seems to be from the 50′s and the other two later versions. They are all in good age appropriate condition.

Chair’s Story

Architect and designer Alvar Aalto is well known for his inventive use of wood. In furniture design, his specialty is the treatment of table and chair legs to create fluidness and beauty to everyday objects. His first break through was the patented L-leg in 1933, which bends layers of birch wood into a 90° L- shape. Then followed the Y-Leg in 1946, which is a leg with two 90° bends, originally made from an Aalto L-leg sawn in two. The two L-bent leg sides are in 90° related to each other, forming a corner. Aalto did not stop experimenting there, and in 1954 he launched the X-Leg, which is a fan-shaped leg. They are created from splitting the traditional L-Leg in a longitudinal direction and re-connecting the pieces to create an intricate fan-like design. The legs are dowelled into the seat or the table-top. This creates a beautiful end result. Nowadays the X-leg is made from a laminated bend.

SPECIFICATIONS: Three chairs. Age appropriate wear. Good condition.
MATERIALS:  Four X-legs in birch, seat: natural lacquered ash or upholstered with black leather
WIDTH: 45 cm / 17.7 in
DEPTH: 45 cm / 17.7 in
HEIGHT: 45 cm / 17.7 in