K65 High Chair des Alvar Aalto, 1935 (made by Artek)
Designed in 1935, Alvar Aalto's long-legged High Chair K65 is the optimum height for high-top tables and bar counters. Its low seat back offers just the right amount of back support, and its curved rail serves as the perfect foot rest. Part of the L-leg collection and created from the original system of standardised components, High Chair K65 has been serving up style and substance since the 1930s.
Dimensions: 30cm wide, 40cm deep, 70cm high; seat height 59.5cm
Pictured here in birch costing £335. This is a non-stock item, lead time 6-8 weeks. If you order this stool on this page, this is the specification you will receive. Many other colours and finishes available to order - contact us for details or visit our expert staff in store.
About Alvar Aalto (1898 - 1976) & Artek
Alvar Aalto is possibly the most enduringly influential of all Scandinavian designers. Although primarily an architect, he also successfully turned his hand to glassware, light fittings, furniture and even door handles. Unlike his modernist contemporaries in Germany and Italy who promoted the harsh use of synthetic materials such as glass and steel, Aalto chose to use laminated wood, resulting in furniture solutions that have both a natural, light and wholesome feel. It is little wonder he was influenced this way considering the abundance of Finnish birch forests on his doorstep.
Between 1924-29 Alvar and his wife Aino conducted numerous experiments exploring the limits of moulding plywood and investigating veneer bonding. These experiments resulted in Aalto’s most technically innovative chair, the No. 41 ‘Paimio’ designed for a Finnish tuberculosis sanatorium. This success led him and his wife to establish the manufacturing company ‘Artek’ in 1935, its name derived from ‘Art and Technology’.
Artek manufacture the iconic three-legged stool, which Aalto tested the durability of, by hurling to the floor and proclaimed “we will sell thousands of these”. In this respect he couldn’t have been further from the mark and more than 1.5 million have been produced since. Artek is still manufacturing Aalto’s tea trolleys, shelves, chairs, umbrella stands and they still look as fresh as they did 70 years ago.