Alvar Aalto is Finland’s leading international figure in the field of 20th Century architecture and design. During his long and productive 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. It was characteristic of Aalto’s understanding of architecture, that furniture and lighting were an integral part of the building and therefore no less important for creating a life world fit for human beings than the architectural frame. As a furniture designer
he is renowned for his organic forms and use of natural materials. Aalto had a thing for the light Finnish birch wood – as the present chair demonstrates. It is a “cantilevered” lightweight chair with a tubular steel base and integrated seat and back in bent birch plywood. It was designed 1930 and made by the company Hounekalu -ja Rakennustyötehdas.