Umbrella Stand 115 des Alvar Aalto, 1936 (made by Artek)
Designed in 1936, Aalto's beautifully pared-back umbrella stand brings together birch and brass in a structure of three solid birch pillars united by two hand-bent lamella loops. Fitted inside the triangular base, a brass pan catches any falling drops of rainwater. Over its lifetime and as a result of use, the brass will develop a rich patina.
Dimensions: 26cm wide, 24.5cm deep, 48cm high
About Alvar Aalto (1898 - 1976)
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’.
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