Many of Aalto's earliest furniture designs were for a tuberculosis sanitarium in Paimio, Finland, and are thus based on strict criteria: comfort, warmth, and easy maintenance and storage. Birch was his material of choice because of its abundance in Finland and his belief that patients should never touch a cold surface. His signature bentwood legs are made by splitting a straight piece of wood several inches down from one end into six layers. Five very thin pieces of wood are then inserted between the layers. The thinness of the layers allows the structure to remain pliable and be bent in a press to the desired angle.
Size17.25h x 15"d