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Alvar Aalto Artek Armchair 41 'Paimio'
The Armchair 41 'Paimio' by Artek was originally designed in 1931 and was named after the town in southwestern Finland for which Aalto designed a tuberculosis sanatorium and all its furnishings. The Paimio chair is perhaps the best known and recognised piece of furniture designed by Alvar Aalto: "The ergonomic and design revolutionary armchair allowed the lung clinic patients an optimal sitting posture, in which they could breathe easily"
About Artek and Alvar Aalto
Artek was founded in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The business strategy of the company was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means”. The founders of Artek advocated a new kind of environment for everyday life. They believed in a grand synthesis of the arts and wanted to make a difference in architecture and design as well as in town planning.