“31” Armchair

31 Armchair, Alvar Aalto, formed plywood chair

Armchair, Model 31” by Alvar Aalto is licensed under CC BY 3.0. Brooklyn Museum

Date: 1931

Designer: Alvar Aalto

Place of Origin: Turku, Finland

Laminating curved plywood and fitting it between two cantilever frames made the production of the “31″ armchair easy, and it gained popularity for its lightweight and comfortable design. The chair’s appeal is enhanced by its natural lines.

Alvar Aalto brought mainstream attention to this cantilever-style armchair when he utilized a single piece of plywood for the back and seat, making it unique at the time for incorporating plywood in the arms.

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