With the Paimio armchair, Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto succeeded in finding the perfect balance between abstraction, tradition and natural influences.
The Paimio armchair, designed in 1931, counts as one of the most famous designer pieces by Alvar Aalto, who designed this ‘architectural accessory’ - as he himself called it - for the recreation rooms in the lung clinic planned by him in Paimio. The armchair, revolutionary in terms of design and ergonomics, allowed patients in the clinic optimal posture, in which they could breathe in a relaxed manner and enjoy the sunshine. The comfortable armchair fast became the poster child of the clinic, which is why it is still known worldwide by the name ‘Paimio’.
The company Artek produces the Paimio armchair from birch wood and curved birch veneer. What makes this chair special is its form of a seat and backrest in one piece, giving the armchair simple yet extremely expressive lines, and adding a waveform impression to the room.
The wave, as an organic base shape, can be found in many works of Alvar Aalto, whether it’s his famous glass vase for Iittala, in his buildings or his furniture. It’s not by accident that Alvar Aalto is deemed to be the one of the most important representatives of organic architecture and design. Hee preferred to work with wood, letting nature and the special parts of object surroundings flow into his works.
Artek offers the Paimio armchair with a seat painted black or white.