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Alvar Aalto

It seems to us that curves sometimes get a poor rapt (curveballs, anyone?). But then there are curves like those of Alvar Aalto’s furniture—that undeniably—are downright extraordinary.

Along with Finn Juhl, Alvar Aalto was an antecedent of Scandinavian Modernism. He held close to the notion that the human condition is bettered by its co-existence with natural materials. Case in point, his epic “Paimio” Chair. Originally designed for a tuberculosis sanatorium, the chair is lightweight and exudes comfort, yet sacrifices no style doing it. It’s trick? A frame comprised of two gloriously molded birch loops. Indeed, all Alvar Aalto pieces serve up deliciously fun curves—Our suggestion? Go ahead and savor.