Stool 60 des Alvar Aalto, 1933 (made by Artek)


Designed in 1933, this is an iconic piece of design by Alvar Aalto. The three-legged stool is designed to be stacked with the legs in a spiral, allowing you to stack up to 10 stools on top of each other.

The Stool 60 features Aalto's innovative L-leg design, making it wonderfully simple and very strong yet light and easy to manoeuvre.

Stool 60 is the most elemental of furniture pieces, equally suitable as a seat, a table, storage unit, or display surface. The legs are mounted directly to the underside of the round seat without the need for complicated connecting elements.  Manufactured in 42 production steps at the A-Factory in Turku, Finland. It's one of the most cherished products in the history of design.

Shown here in birch.  Stool 60 available from stock,  also available to order, lead time 6-8 weeks. If you order this stool on this page, you will receive this specification. However this icon of 20th century design is also available in a wide and exciting variety of colours and finishes with a 6-8 week lead time, please contact us for details or visit our expert team in store. 

Height: 44 cm
Diameter of seat: 38 cm

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’.

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.