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This armchair is named after the Paimio tuberculosis sanatorium in Southwest Finland. The chair was designed by Alvar Aalto at the same time as the sanatorium and it was chosen for seating in various places including the sanatorium common room. The chair was shown to the public for the first time at an exhibition of standard products held in conjunction with the Nordic Building Forum in Helsinki in 1932.

Design

Alvar Aalto 1932

Manufacturer

Huonekalutehdas Korhonen Oy

Product number

41

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Paimio chair. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum.

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Paimio chair. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum.

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Aino Aalto in Paimio chair. Photomontage, 1930s. Photo: Alvar Aalto Museum.

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Paimio chairs in Paimio tuberculosis sanatorium in 1930-su. Photo: Gustaf Welin, Alvar Aalto Museum.