Description
We present you another 3D exhibit of our 20th century furniture design collection. This chair is like an encyclopedia of plywood possibilities (before Eames' rewrote it) - two closed loops of laminated wood, forming arms, legs, and floor runners, between which rides the seat—a thin sheet of plywood tightly bent at both top and bottom into sinuous scrolls. At the time when other designers experimented with tubular steel, Aalto chose, instead, native birch for its natural feel and insulating properties, and developed a more organic form. The Paimio Chair is named after the town in southwestern Finland for which Aalto designed a tuberculosis sanatorium and all its furnishings in 1931-2. Used in the patients' lounge, the angle of the back of this armchair was intended to help sitters breathe more easily. This chair is true example of sculptural beauty and comfort. Aalto's bentwood furniture had a great influence on the American designers Charles and Ray Eames and the Finnish-born Eero Saarinen. In 1935 the Artek company was established in Finland to mass-produce and distribute wood furniture designed by Aalto and his wife, Aino. Most of their designs remain in production.
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Paimio armchair by Alvar Aalto

Free model
Author
Théo Laurent
Item detail
Software:
V-Ray, Rhinoceros 5
Materials:
YES
Textures:
YES
Geometry:
NURBS
Units:
mm
Published at:
Sep 30, 2014
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Paimio armchair by Alvar Aalto
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