Armchair 42 by Alvar Aalto for Artek

Armchair 42 – or “Small Paimio” – was designed by Alvar Aalto for the Paimio Sanatorium in 1932. The frame is made from laminated birch shaped to produce a cantilevered chair; the seat and back are created from one piece of form-pressed plywood. The fluidity of the design creates a soft, comfortable place to sit. The result is an armchair without straight lines, an armchair of exceptional aesthetic appeal. Since wood changes over time, the armrests are formed from a single piece that is then split in half, ensuring that as the chair ages, it remains perfectly balanced.

  • Design: Alvar Aalto
  • Manufacturer: Artek
  • Made in Finland
  • Year: 1932
  • Material: Birch, seat bent birch plywood, natural lacquered armrests
  • Dimensions: H 28.3" x D 29.5" x W 23.5"
  • Seat Height: 14.3" 
  • Arm Height: 21.3"
  • Usually ships within 12-14 weeks. Email info@vertigohome.us for current lead time.


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