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Paimio armchair #41

<i>Paimio</i> armchair #41

Finnish, 1898−1976

Paimio armchair #41

Manufactured by Artek Oy Ab, Helsinki

Solid birch, bent and laminated; lacquered bent plywood, 1987

64 x 60 x 86 cm

Purchase, Palevsky Fund

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Arts/Design and Architecture

The Paimio armchair is from a line of furniture commissioned for the Paimio Tuberculosis Sanatorium in western Finland, designed by Aalto in 1929. The back of the chair was inclined to help sitters breathe more easily. Several layers of veneer were thinned in order to allow for greater pliancy at the seat and back, enabling the scrolled forms. Although inspired by Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair, Aalto preferred to work in natural materials such as Finnish birch.


The Design and Architecture Collection, Selected Works, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 25/07/2010 - 31/12/2010