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Beech, plywood, fiberboard, red linoleum, white rubber, wicker
Finland, c. 1937
Designer: Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) - Finnish architect and designer
Manufacturer: presumably Horgen-Glarus for Wohnbedarf, Zurich
Rare version of the tea trolley '900' with each wheel with three holes
Height: 60 cm, 90 x 65 cm
Very good conditionThis special model fetches up to 11,000 Euro at international auctions

Clearly influenced by the ideas of Deutsche Werkbund and Bauhaus the Finnish designer Alvar Aalto considered the material tubular steel as too artificial and therefore rejected using it firmly. He sought to connect architecture with its surrounding environment and therefore preferred wood. He tried to achieve similar shapes with plywood as they are possible with tubular steel did a lot of experiments on that. Besides such famous designs like the Paimio Chair one of the results of this developments was this tea trolley, a design from around 1937. The frame consists of two bent plywood bars which could easily be thought as tubular steel. The trolley has two wheels, each with three large holes. This is one major difference to the more common model '900'. The wheels have white rubber tires. The upper fiberboard tray has a red linoleum surface which is a common way Aalto gives his designs a little color. In addition there is a convenient wicker basket for cutlery. The tea trolley was presumably made by Horgen-Glarus for Wohnbedarf Zurich.

Its dimensions are 60 x 90 x 65 cm. It is in ... condition.

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976)

The Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto studied architecture from 1916 to 1921 at the Polytechnic in Helsinki. Aalto and her wife met among others, Le Corbusier, Fernand Léger, László Moholy -Nagy and Walter Gropius during many trips throughout Europe. They founded the furniture manufacturer Artek in 1933. Influenced by the German Werkbund and Bauhaus, Aalto was very serious about combining its architectural designs with the surrounding landscape. He was also very successful in his furniture and glass designs, especially for iittala.

Wohnbedarf Zurich

The furniture seller Wohnbedarf was founded by Sigfried Giedion, Werner Max Moser and Rudolf Graber in 1931. They commited themselves to Modernism from the beginning. Therefore they cooperated with many contemporary designers like Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Max Bill, Marcel Breuer or Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to get fresh designs for their sale. Wohnbedarf sells high-quality furniture up to now.

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Alvar Aalto, Tea Trolley '900', Finland, c. 1937

Auction ended on Fri, Jun 6, 2014
Estimate €6,400 - €8,000
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