DESIGNER

Alvar Aalto was one of the founding members of Finnish manufacturer, Artek. Embracing strong individuality with a focus on designing predominantly for humanity, he masterminded functional and dynamic pieces for both public and personal spaces. A successful architect, urban planner and designer, Aalto was deeply inspired by nature and landscapes of Finland.

Aino Aalto and her husband Alvar | Iconic women of design | Image courtesy of the Aalto Family Collection
Alvar Aalto

Aalto's designs embody his warmth, humanity and common sense, driven by the mindset that "We should work for simple, good, undecorated things, but things which are in harmony with the human being and organically suited to the little man in the street." The mastermind behind several establishments, private residences and furniture, examples include the Maison Louis Carré Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France, the Savoy Vase and the Bench 153B.

Using mainly birch, spruce and beech wood in his creations, including the Tea Trolley and the Stool 60, Aalto completed these using intricate curving and laminating techniques, refusing to use artificial materials, which he considered too distant from nature. The 'Founding Father of Organic Design,' together with his wife and partner, Aino Maria Marsio-Aalto, the duo left behind grandiose creations forever in tune with the times. Discover their coveted stools, benches and other household items at The Conran Shop.

Stool 60 ColoRing Jo Nagasaka Collection

Designed by Alvar Aalto in 1933 and available in a range of colourways, the ColoRing Stool 60 is crafted by Artek and was reinterpreted by Jo Nagasaka in 2019.

The design celebrates 100 years of strong diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan and makes up part of Artek’s FIN/JPN Friendship Collection, created in collaboration with Japanese and Finnish designers.

Crafted in Finland using solid Finnish birch wood, the seat is finished with a soft-grained pine veneer and transformed using Nagasaka’s innovative ColoRing technique. Up until now, ColoRing had involved a time-consuming, fully manual process created by fusing the traditional Japanese methods of Udukuri and Tsugaru-Nuri. Thanks to Artek’s revolutionary manufacturing techniques, the design can now be bought to a broader audience.

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  1. Stool 60 Black Lacquered
    by Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £224.00
  2. Stool 60 Natural Birch & White Linoleum
    by Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £203.00
  3. Stool 60
    by Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    from £195.00
  4. Stool 60 Hella Jongerius Collection
    by Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    from £224.00
  5. Stool 60 in ColoRing
    by Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    from £370.00
  6. Tea Trolley 901 White
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £1,793.00
  7. 112B Wall Shelving Natural Lacquered Birch
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £1,032.00
  8. 115 Umbrella Stand Natural Lacquered Birch
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £447.00
  9. 66 Chair Natural Lacquered Birch & Black
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £330.00
  10. Nesting Tables 88 Birch Natural Lacquered
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £1,256.00
  11. Table 95 Natural Birch Lacquered
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £942.00
  12. Round Dining Table 91 Birch & White
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £1,434.00
  13. Tea Trolley 901 Black
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £1,793.00
  14. Tea Trolley 900
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £2,838.00
  15. Floor Lamp A805 Brass
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £1,684.00
  16. Floor Lamp A808 Brass
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £3,304.00
  17. Floor Lamp A811 Brass
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £1,690.00
  18. Floor Lamp A810 Brass
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £2,038.00
  19. Pendant Light A333 White & Brass
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £396.00
  20. Pendant Light A338 White
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £359.00
  21. Pendant Light A440 Opal
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £513.60
  22. Pendant Light A330 Brass
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £798.00
  23. Pendant Light A110 Black
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    £365.00
  24. Bench 153B ColoRing Jo Nagasaka Collection
    by Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    from £650.00
  25. 112B Wall Shelf
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    from £344.00
  26. 66 Chair
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    from £368.00
  27. Bench 153A
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    from £528.00
  28. Bench 153B
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    from £420.00
  29. 83 Aalto Dining Table 182cm
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    from £1,476.00
  30. 82A Aalto Dining Table 150cm
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    from £1,278.00
  31. Pendant Light A331
    by Aino & Alvar Aalto
    for Artek
    from £888.00
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