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Alvar Aalto (Finland 1898-1976)

“Kakkonen” stackable armchair No. 2. /15.

Produced by Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Oy Turku. 1930s.

A good example of Aaltos formative years and early designs. This chair is made from laminated and solid birch. It has its original black finish.

The chair was co-designed by Alvar Aalto and Otto Korhonen in 1930. Illustrated in Alvar Aalto Designer, Alvar Aalto museum p.69 and in Alvar & Aino design collection Bischofberger p.21

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Neil Morris (United Kingdom c.20th)

Pair of birch, plywood armchairs, 1948

H.Morris & Co.

Neil Morris joined his fathers well establish furniture making company in Scotland in 1938. With him he brought many new ideas for utilising the new techniques available for laminating plywood. His designs were influenced by much of the new modernist furniture he witnessed from Scandinavia. H.Morris specialised in making very thick plywood forms and were prepared to push the material to its limits, thus creating many new and innovative forms that were on the cutting edge of modernist design.

Buoyed by a reputation for excellence, the company, with Neil Morris at the helm, set about wowing the world in yet another way – cutting edge contemporary design. With post-war rationing placing constraints on manufacturing through a necessity to use lightweight materials, furniture production required something of a creative shot in the arm, and once again the eyes of the industry looked to Morris Furniture for inspiration. Whilst other companies saw the situation as a problem, the visionary Neil Morris saw only an opportunity to alter people’s perceptions of furniture design. The result was the iconic Cloud table – a piece which won numerous design awards and still occupies a proud position today in New York’s prestigious Guggenheim museum alongside the celebrated Bambi Chair. Following the success and recognition of the cloud table, Morris Furniture experienced a period of steady growth within the furniture sector. Branching out in to additional areas as diverse as the leisure, commercial, and educational sectors, the firm demonstrated its unrivalled versatility…There was a sense of inclusion that everyone should be able to enjoy the great style and craftsmanship that came with every Morris Furniture product. This was brought further to the attention of the masses in 1958 when the company was actively involved in the promotion of all that was great and good with British furniture in the Festival of Britain

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Alvar Aalto (Finland, 1898-1976)

Model E90, plywood birch stacking stool. Designed 1933

This is an early and rare version of this iconic 1930s design.

Finmar were a wholesale company who imported Aalto design plywood furniture from Finland to the UK between 1934-65.  H.G.Dunn & Sons were one of the few furniture retailers supplied by Finmar from the 1930s. (the UK had very few retailers of modernist furniture at that time)

This stool retains its original label for H.G.Dunn & Sons, House furnishers Bromley.

This is a rare version with upholstered seat. It retains its original blue fabric (although a section is missing as seen).

All original in A/F condition.

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