Design of the week: An iconic stool turns 90

The “Stool 60” from Artek, designed by Alvar Aalto, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. There are three special editions for the anniversary.

“I need’ Change of scenery said she birch …”: In Hildegard Knef’s song, the adventurous tree ends up as a chest of drawers. While it adorns many gardens here, the birch is a commonly used tree in Finland Furniture wood. The Finnish architect also designed from this Alvar Aalto a iconic Piece of furniture: The „Stool 60“ from Artek is still as convincing in its simplicity today as it was back then and is equally suitable as a seat, table, storage unit or exhibition space.

The Special about it: The curved legs of the stool, because the hard birch could not be bent so easily. There are 48 work steps in the Finnish manufacture still necessary to make the stool today. The “Stool 60” has been in continuous production since 1933 and has not changed in material or shape, yet it continues to transcend time and fashion.

A small “Change of scenery“there is on the occasion of 90th anniversary but still: The Special edition “Villi” (Image) was created in collaboration with the Italian design studio Formafantasma. “Wild birch” is used for “Villi”. The wood that is screened out for the standard version. Small knotholes are celebrated in the spirit of sustainability. Depending on the version, “Villi” is available from €270, for example at Zimmer in Vienna 1080.

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