Early edition Finmar / Bowman Bros. dining set. Five model 611 stacking chairs and table. This was Aalto’s first modernist chair produced.
This set came from the home (wife) of Russian /American composer Dimitri Tiomkin best known for his western scores, including Duel in the Sun, Red River, High Noon, The Big Sky, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and Last Train from Gun Hill.
The set was once black but has been restored and taken back to the wood colour.
Finmar labels to the underside on three of the stools (the other shows evidence of where the label once was).
Four great original examples of Aaltos model 60 stools – Each has a great colour and shows patina of wear and tear as would be expected and hoped for. The Finmar labels are recognised evidence of them being early edition genuine 1930s stools.
(Please see our other posts for more Aalto finmar furniture)
‘Pirkka’ series table and stool, Laukaan Puu. 1950s
The Pirkka range was designed by Finnish interior architect and designer Ilmari Tapiovaara in 1955 for Laukaan Puu. The design alludes to the forms of Finnish rustic furniture. Tapiovaara was always seeking for new solutions to improve everyday objects. During his long career, Tapiovaara created dozens of iconic objects loved by the public. Tapiovaara is especially revered as a master of characteristic and human objects and surroundings. The designs of Ilmari Tapiovaara have proved their quality by remaining a part of our daily lives as interesting, still relevant, functional and aesthetic pieces of furniture.
Kjærholm designed the ultimate functionalist furniture that was praised for its understated elegance and clean lines.
Kjærholm had a particular interest in various construction materials; especially steel, which he considered a natural material. In 1955, Kjærholm started collaborating with manufacturer E. Kold Christensen, which lasted until his death in 1980.
The PK9 series consist of splayed-legged bases on which a shaped seat is fully upholstered in black leather.
These are early edition chairs marked with the KC monogram and stamped Denmark.
Rare version of the “Kakkonen” stackable armchair No. 2. /15. Manufactured by Oy Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab, Turku, Finland. 1930s.
Finmar label to the underside.
A good example of Aaltos formative years and early designs; this chair is made from laminated and solid birch and retains its original black finish.
Co-designed by Alvar Aalto and Otto Korhonen in 1930, the chair was manufactured over the years as four differing versions. This version is the rarest of the four. The design is similar to one of other versions in that the front legs protrude at the side. However, the front edge of the seat on this version is formed as a more severe right angle as shown in the detail fig.1 (The other version with protruding legs was rounded at the front). It also has a small decorative corner feature when seen from the front that is reminiscent of traditional Chinese chairs.
The chair was illustrated in Alvar Aalto Designer, Alvar Aalto museum p.69 and in Alvar & Aino design collection Bischofberger p.21