Vintage Alvar Aalto NR31 Chair

Designed by Alvar Aalto

Vintage Alvar Aalto NR31 Chair

Price For 1 Chair (Sold As A Pair)



An icon of Scandinavian design, this vintage NR31 Chair was designed by Alvar Aalto and manufactured for his famous Paimio Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Finland circa 1930s. A pioneering innovation of plywood design history, this chair's frame was revolutionary and marked the first use of laminated birch wood in a cantilevered structure, as the seat and back are created from one piece of form-pressed plywood. With an inviting look, the fluid shape presents no straight lines.

Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) deserves an immense share of the credit for bringing Scandinavian modernism to a prominent place in the global arena. In both his buildings and in his vintage furniture — which ranges from chairs, tables and lighting to table- and glassware — Aalto’s sensitivity to the natural world and to organic forms and materials tempered the hardness of rationalist design.

Style: Scandinavian Modern
Period: Circa 1930s

This item is sold as a set of two and cannot be purchased individually. Price displayed is for 1 unit. See in-store for details.
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  • Width: 24”
  • Depth: 29.5”
  • Height: 25.5”


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