Vintage Children's Chair Model 65 by Alvar Aalto
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In the late 1920s, architect and designer Alvar Aalto began experimenting with bending wood. Aalto developed a ground-breaking process that resulted in the L-leg that we now know and love. To create the L-leg, cuts are made in the end of a piece of wood, with the slits extending just below the level of the planned bend. Wood veneer strips are then inserted and glued. This simplifies the bending process and increases the stability of the component. Aalto called the L-leg “the little sister of the architectural column,” and its arrival announced a break with longstanding traditions of furniture production. Patented by Aalto in 1933, this technique meant that the warm, organic qualities of wood could be used to form stable hardwearing designs. (Information taken from Artek.fi).
This model 65 chair is now a design classic. Copied time and time again, its simple design now has a familiarity and comfort that is sure to make any interior immediately more homely.
Boasting clean lines and a simple, elemental structure; using Aalto's signature L-Leg and round seat base. The chair features a low rectangular backrest formed from a single piece of birch plywood. Since the backrest follows a slight curve, it forms naturally to the back, offering comfort and support.
It radiates natural beauty and warmth, moving easily between public and private spaces in accordance with Alvar Aalto’s conception of versatile furniture. Any child would be lucky to have this chair in their bedroom or nursery, a beautiful, quality piece.
With wear commensurate with age and use, including some chipping to the ply, along with scratching and marks to both the frame and seat. The screws that hold the back rest in place are also a little bit crooked, as photographed, but still nice and sturdy.
Measures approximately 36cm wide, 42.5cm deep and 66cm tall with a 44cm seat height.
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