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Alvar Aalto

Historical product of 1932.
Alvar Aalto’s sofa bed is a mostly unknown part in the biography of the finnish master. Towards the end of the 1920’ies Aalto adhered to the germanic influenced Functionalist Movement and in 1929 took part in the CIAM congress about the “Exhistenzminimum” at Francfort where he got in contact witch Gropius, Moholy-Nagy and Giedion. It was also Siegfried Giedion who called on him for a collection he realized for Wohnbedarf and then put in production a chair as well as the adjustable sofabed which, in fact, reflects perfectly the principles of economy, simplicity of use and “lightness” in the figurative sense recommanded at Francfort. The sofa, slightly modified on Giedion’s advice, was presented at Stocarda in 1932 and on the occasion of the Universal Exposition at Bruxelles in 1935.

Type / Sofas

Technical description

Sofabed, numbered piece.
Structure in tubular chromed steel, armrests in solid wood black lacquer.
Inclination of seat and back are adjustable, up to 180° to become a bed.
Removable cover in fabric or leather. 

Designer

Alvar Aalto

From 1927 to 1935 Alvar Aalto worked on two buildings which were to become the masterpieces of his juvenile period and contribute to his fame on an international level: the Municipal Library of Viipuri and the Paimio Sanatorium. In these constructions of rationalistic imprint, Aalto succeeded in introducing the defining character of organic architecture as exemplified in the use of form and material which eventually led to a new understanding of architecture. Based on the experience with the furniture designed for these two buildings, Aalto together with both his wife Aino and Maire Gullichsen, founded the Artek trademark in 1935 that specialized in the production of warped wood furniture achieved through new techniques developed by Aalto. From this point on, his biography is rich with events and success, ranging from the design of a simple sauna stool in birch to urbanistic projects such as the Säynätsalo Island and the reconstruction plans for Rovaniemi. He was also responsible for numerous projects abroad, including the M.I.T. dormitory in Cambridge, MA (USA) and the Riola Church near Bologna, Italy. Outside his homeland, however, the organic approach to architecture was intended as a pure relationship between man-made projects and nature. Alvar Aalto died in 1976 at the age of 78.

Cover Finishings

Fabrics

A_AS1 Saari

A_AS2 Saari

A_AS4 Saari

A_AS5 Saari

A_AS7 Saari

B_CAE Cocò

B_CAM Cocò

B_CAK Cocò

B_CAF Cocò

B_BC1 Burana

B_BC3 Burana

B_BC4 Burana

B_BC6 Burana

C_C10 Star

C_C11 Star

C_C17 Star

C_C16 Star

C_C18 Star

C_C15 Star

D_D91 Panama

D_D92 Panama

D_D93 Panama

D_D94 Panama

D_D95 Panama

D_D98 Panama

D_i71 Clou

D_i74 Clou

D_i79 Clou

D_i72 Clou

D_i78 Clou

D_D01 Ubaye

D_D03 Ubaye

D_D05 Ubaye

E_E20 Mood

E_E25 Mood

E_E22 Mood

E_E26 Mood

E_E27 Mood

E_E21 Mood

E_E28 Mood

E_E51 Lido

E_E52 Lido

E_E54 Lido

F_E50 Luxus

F_F01 Luxus

F_F02 Luxus

F_F03 Luxus

F_F05 Luxus

F_F11 Lama

F_F14 Lama

F_F12 Lama

F_F15 Lama

F_F25 Gaucho

F_F21 Gaucho

F_F23 Gaucho

F_F24 Gaucho

F_F33 Velvet

F_F35 Velvet

F_F32 Velvet

F_EM5 Velvet

H_H42 Sera

H_H44 Sera

H_H47 Sera

H_H48 Sera

H_H50 Opera

H_H53 Opera

H_H55 Opera

H_H56 Opera

Smooth leathers

H30 Gesso

H38 Sand

H36 Camoscio

H32 Acacia

H31 Naturale

H37 Marmotta

H71 Testa di Moro

H35 Grigio Chiaro

H40 Blu Notte

H73 Nero

Nubuck

HN2 Carbone

HN3 Grigio

Smooth eco-leathers

C_CE1

C_CD3

C_CF6

C_CD1

C_CD4

C_CD5

Embossed eco-leathers

C_CE3

C_CE5

C_CL1

C_CL3

C_CL7

C_CL8

C_CL6

Structure finishings

Metals

501 Cromo naturale

Dimensions

Sofa bed

 
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