Artek Stool 60

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Design by Alvar Aalto, 1933. Artek's Stool E60 has limitless applications and lasting appeal. This L-leg stool features legs made of solid birch reinforced by thin pieces of plywood that are glued where the leg is bent, making it extremely durable. Stackable, portable and offered in nine finishes. Designed in 1933, the 4-leg Stool E60 is a fine example of Alvar Aalto's interest in basic functional, utilitarian forms. Today, the stool is part of the new Carry Away range consisting of a selection of Alvar Aalto and Artek Studio products, conveniently packed in flat packed boxes and ready for simple assembly. Also available is the anniversary edition of the E60 Stool that was released when the iconic stool turned 80 in 2013. Artek is marking this anniversary with the release of a range of Special Editions stools. The colors of these Anniversary Edition are taken directly from Aalto's Paimio Sanatorium: the yellow of the floors, the green of the walls, the turquoise of the handrails and walls, and the orange, white and black of the furniture. Paimio Sanatorium is considered to be the most important functionalist building by Alvar Aalto, whose talents graced the design world with both furniture design and architectural gems. 

Artek was founded in 1935 by Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl in their pursuit of a new kind of environment for everyday life. They believed in a grand synthesis of the arts and wanted to make a difference in town planning as well as architecture and design. Today Artek is renowned as being one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, building on the heritage of Alvar Aalto. Functionality and timeless aesthetics are the essential elements in the creation of every product that bears the Artek name.

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