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"39" Chaise Longue

Artist:
Alvar Aalto (Finnish, Kuortane 1898–1976 Helsinki)
Manufacturer:
Artek Oy
Date:
1936–37
Medium:
Molded birch plywood and cotton webbing
Dimensions:
H. 60, W. 24-1/4, D. 28-7/8 in. (152.4 x 61.6 x 73.3 cm) 26 lb. (11.8 kg) Seat H. 10-5/8 in. (27 cm)
Classification:
Furniture-Wood
Credit Line:
Purchase, Theodore R. Gamble Jr. Gift, in honor of his mother, Mrs. Theodore Robert Gamble, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.211
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Initially, Aalto worked as an exhibition designer turning to architecture and furniture design in 1920s. In 1929 he and a partner established an experimental plywood workshop in Turku, Finland and by 1935 founded Artek, a furniture design and manufacturing company. The form of this chaise is based on Aalto's breakthrough design of the mid-1930s, the "spring leaf support" (a compression spring of birch veneers welded together). This inventive cantilevered frame with the springing characteristics of its material also provides comfortable seating.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part ll: 1925-1950," May 9–October 29, 2000, no catalogue.

Cambridge, Mass. Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard Art Museums. "Design-Recline: Modern Architecture and the Mid-Century Chaise Longue," March 27–June 21, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900 to the Present," June 23, 2009–May 1, 2011.

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