Armchair with Bentwood Frame
With the Paimio armchair, Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto achieved the perfect balance between abstraction, tradition and natural influences.
Designed in 1931, the Paimio armchair is one of Alvar Aalto's best-known designer pieces, who designed this "accessory of architecture", as he himself called his furniture, for the lounges of his planned Paimio pulmonary sanatorium in southwestern Finland. The revolutionary armchair , both revolutionary in design and ergonomics, allowed the patient of the sanatorium to maintain optimal posture, allowing them to breathe easily and enjoy the sun's rays. The comfortable armchair quickly became the flagship of the sanatorium, which is why it is still known worldwide today under the name Paimio.
The company Artek produces the Paimio chair made of birch wood or curved birch veneer. The peculiarity is the shape of the seat and back made from one piece, which gives the chair a simple yet expressive design, like a wave in the room.
The wave as an organic basic shape can be found in many of Alvar Aalto's works, whether in his well-known glass vase for Iittala, in his buildings or even his pieces of furniture. It is not without reason that Alvar Aalto is considered one of the most important representatives of organic architecture and organic design. He preferred to work with wood and let both nature itself and the peculiarities of the environment flow into his creations.
Artek offers the Paimio armchair with a white or black lacquered seat.