Rare Alvar Aalto Desk and Pedestal Cabinet

Elegant design from a celebrated modernist pioneer

Maker
Artek | Finland
Designer
Alvar Aalto | Finland
Date
1950s
Size
Desk: W 115cm, D 71cm, H 72.5cm | Filing Cabinet: W 69.5cm, D 40cm, H 67cm


$4500 NZD

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Description

Finnish designer Alvar Aalto is recognized today as one of the great masters of modern architecture and design. His work is highly coveted by collectors of modern design and is marked by a warm humanity, strong individuality and a unique treatment of modern materials. The use of birch timber gives each piece a light and vibrant aesthetic, perfect for any contemporary interior.

This office suite consists of the following items:
1x Table 'Model 80' introduced in 1935
1x Pedestal Cabinet 'Model 296' introduced 1930s

These pieces epitomise the pioneering early work of Aalto and feature all the trademark details that make his designs so coveted. Aalto introduced the bent L-leg in 1933 and it became a standard component across all of his furniture. It is considered Aalto's greatest achievement and is truly significant because it solved the problem of attaching chairs’ and tables’ legs directly to the table tops in a way never seen before.

This is a rare set, especially the Model 296 filing cabinet which is long out of production. The craftsmanship and construction is stunning in its execution and adds depth to this perfectly restrained and elegant offering.

Condition

Materials: European Birch

Wood Finish: Respectful conservation, cleaned and polished. Desk top has aging and character which has been retained.

Construction: Joints are sturdy and solid. All checked and ready to go

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