"39" Chaise Longue

Alvar Aalto Finnish
Manufacturer Artek Oy Finnish

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Initially, Aalto worked as an exhibition designer, turning to architecture and furniture design in the 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.

"39" Chaise Longue, Alvar Aalto (Finnish, Kuortane 1898–1976 Helsinki), Molded birch plywood and cotton webbing

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