Vintage Small Round White Laminate Top Table by Alvar Aalto for Artek
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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).
The Aalto Table is an absolute 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.
With legs and edge-bands of Finnish birch, it radiates natural beauty and warmth, moving easily between public and private spaces in accordance with Alvar Aalto’s conception of versatile furniture. Whether used for dining, working, or playing, the table retains its character while offering endless possibilities.
Acquired from a local charity that works to rehabilitate members of the UK fire service, these tables were bought new in the 1990s and have been used until very recently.
With visible wear to both the wood and the laminate top, this table proudly shows its history for all to see. As can be seen from the photographs the wood is chipped, marked and dinted throughout, with the laminate top, although clean, featuring some pock marks and light surface scratching (that we've been unable to capture on camera).
Measures approximately 75cm in diameter (79cm including the protruding leg) and 71cm tall with an under table height of 67cm.