September 27, 2014

Stool Sixty (60)

The 3-legged Stool 60 designed by Alvar Aalto is one of the icons of furniture design and a Stardust Staff Pick.  Sleek, sophisticated and naturally modern.  Alvar Aalto’s three-legged stackable 60 stool was presented for the first time in 1933 and it was a sensation in the design world of his time.

The l-shaped legs of Stool 60 were revolutionary for their technical realization and it represented a boost for all the modern Scandinavian design. To bend the leg of Aalto’s stool, the same technique is still in use: a piece of straight, solid birch was sawn open at the end in the direction of the fibres, forming the shape of a fan. Thin pieces of plywood were then glued in the grooves. This structure makes it possible to bend the wood by heating or steaming the desired corner/angle and when dry it will have a very strong texture that can be easily joined to the seat of the stool.

The Alvar Aalto Stool 60 continues to be a beautiful and ingenious piece of modern furniture, whose simple shape will always be timeless.  Alvar Aalto's 60 Stools are perfect extra chairs, easily stackable as a beautiful tower when they are not needed. At the same time, the 60 stool can be used as a small table, for instance next to an armchair or in the bedroom. 

The perfect fusion of form and function, 60 by Aalto is a piece of Finnish modern furniture design you will cherish for years to come.  Made in Finland by Artek with an uncompromising approach to craftsmanship.  Easy assembly required.  Available from Stardust with Free Shipping and a Low Price Guarantee.

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), one of the founders of Artek, was born in Kuortane, Finland. Alvar Aalto is recognized today as one of the great masters of modern architecture. During his long and prolific career, Aalto’s work embraced almost all key public institutions - town halls, theatres, churches, libraries and universities - as well as standardized housing and private homes. Aalto’s architecture is distinctively Finnish. It is marked by a warm humanity and strong individuality. His buildings derive their special aesthetic character from their dynamic relationship with their natural surroundings, their human scale, superbly executed details, unique treatment of materials and ingenious use of lighting. Like all great art, however, Aalto’s architecture transcends national boundaries. His work is not the exclusive property of Finland: it forms a part of a common cultural heritage of European and worldwide significance. Alvar Aalto began designing furnishings as a natural and important extension of his architectural thinking. His first modern piece of furniture was created in 1931-32 for the Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Paimio, which proved to be his international breakthrough. Artek was set up in 1935 to market and sell Alvar and Aino Aalto's furniture, lamps and textiles, particularly on international markets where Artek focused its operations from the initial stages. Through the innovations in form and line that were born in his furniture designs, Alvar Aalto’s name has also become important in the history of design. In fact, Aalto first achieved fame in Continental Europe as a furniture designer, and only later on as an architect. His contribution to furniture design was among his foremost achievements in its own right, and it sowed the seed from which many of his architectural ideas sprang forth. Alvar Aalto’s furniture and lighting pieces form the basis of the Artek range.