Artist/ Designer: Alvar Aalto
b. 1898 - 1976 Finland
Title: Children's Chairs N65 from Artek 2nd Cycle (offered as set of 4 or individually)
Medium: Birch, paint, linoleum
Dimensions: 23 1/2" h x 13 5/8" x 15 1/2", seat height 15"
Details: Original production version Children's Chairs (N65) that have all been well-used for years and three versions have been hand-painted. Note some of are more well-loved than others in the group and each are unique and one-of-a-kind. Purchased through the Artek 2nd Cycle program and recently featured in an exhibition for Artek in Canada. Artek's statement in regards to Artek's 2nd Cycle Program states: "Sustainable 2nd Cycle items are part of Artek's environmental strategy. By creating the 2nd Cycle, Artek wants to raise the issue of conscious consuming, praise the authentic design and honor the importance of originality. Solidly made and and impervious to fashion, these iconic pieces have gained value and beauty through everyday use."
Notes from the Archive: Where have these chairs been over the past decades? What stories could they tell, if they only could? Who painted them or added the stencil decoration? Artek shares the story in their 2nd Cycle statement, about a factory worker who brought in a 70 year old stool. Through the additional coats of paint they could guess the original finish by reading the clues through the layers. Some might have thought the stool looked "old and dodgy", but they thought it had "never looked more beautiful".
On my visit to Helsinki last April, I stopped in at the Artek 2nd Cycle gallery nestled below-ground in a historic carriage house. A quick stop turned into an afternoon of discovery and awe of the collection available. Also interesting to note, I arrived just as Rolf Feldbaum left after making numerous purchases, as well.
Note: We are offering these chairs individually for $195.00 each or $750.00 for the group of 4.
Shipping Notes: Free shipping included in the continental US. (White Glove delivery if required may incur additional costs.) Please contact us for international shipping arrangements.