This object is unique because of the revolutionary curved shape of the wooden legs, which became a distinctive feature of all Aalto furniture. The zebra-pattern upholstery fabric is typical of Artek, and began to be used in Aalto furniture already in the 1930s.
Artek is a furniture and interior design company and shop originally founded in Helsinki by architects Alvar and Aino Aalto, patron of the arts Maire Gullichsen and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl in 1935. Its name is an acronym of ‘art’ and ‘technology’ and its purpose was: to promote modern architecture, art and interior design and the contemporary culture of dwellings and the home. Artek began to produce and sell furniture designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto, in Finland and abroad. The Aaltos adopted from the very beginning the contemporary scientific approach to spatial and furniture design. They proceeded from human physiology and trajectories of movement, aiming at the efficient use of space. The rational and functionalist design of furniture was also presented at fairs and exhibitions and in published drawings and illustrations.