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This armchair is known as the “spring chair”. The name is derived from the combined armrest and leg construction. The springs, made of pieces of thin but solid timber, which are glued, assembled and bent in a mould, make the chair flexible and springy.


Alvar Aalto 1932


Huonekalutehdas Korhonen Oy

Product number

Early product number 31, subsequently 42

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Armchair 42, elegance of the curly birch in plywood. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum.

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Armchair 42. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum.

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Aalto chairs on show in Finnish Pavilion, Paris World´s Fair, 1937. Photo: Henry Sarian, Alvar Aalto Museum.

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Aalto´s design and architecture were exhibited in MoMA, New York, in 1938. Photo: Soichi Sunami, Alvar Aalto Museum.

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Armchair 42. Photo: Ilmari Kostiainen, Alvar Aalto Museum.