In addition to some other tables that Alvar Aalto designed to match the chairs in the Viipuri library, Table 81B also emerged in 1935. The entire series includes tables of various sizes, amongst which extendable versions, as well as four or three-legged tables with round, half-round or square tabletops.
Like the legs of the Viipuri chairs, the table legs are made of laminated birch wood bent into an L-form: the first successes of Aalto’s experiments in bending laminated wood. He achieved highly interesting results with these experiments: lightly buoyant pieces of furniture that wouldn’t meet their match in the 30s or even later.
The rectangular 81B table can be used as a side or coffee table, but is also suitable as a bedside table or decorative foyer object. The four legs of the table are, like in the original design, made of varnished natural birch, whereas the 4 cm thick tabletop is offered in different variations: birch veneer, white laminate or black linoleum.
The table is also available with HL1 legs.