"Paimio" chair

Alvar AaltoDesigned 1930–31, manufactured ca. 1935–40

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

Curved bent birch plywood seat joined to frame composed of ribbon-like curved, laminated bent birch elements forming legs/arms; form reinforced by solid birch cross pieces at curled ends of back and seat, and at at rear legs.


  • Title: "Paimio" chair
  • Creator: Alvar Aalto
  • Creator Lifespan: 1898/1976
  • Date Created: Designed 1930–31, manufactured ca. 1935–40
  • Type: Armchair
  • Rights: Museum purchase through gift of Linda and Irwin Berman and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund
  • Medium: Bent birch plywood, solid birch
  • Provenance: Chair "descended in a family from Helsinki"; Aero Design Furniture Oy, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Markings: Number "27" stamped on the underside of each runner.
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY, Cooper-Hewitt, "Curators Select: Recent Acquisitions 2003-2008," 9/12/08-3/1/09
  • Dimensions: H x W x D: 65.5 x 60.5 x 81.3 cm (25 13/16 x 23 13/16 x 32 in. )

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