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The iconic three-legged Artek Stool 60 was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1933. Stool 60 is aesthetically simple and pleasing to the eye, it is also one of the most recognised pieces of Scandinavian modernism. Often copied but never equalled, the stool is superbly constructed and only requires three legs due to their strength. Three legs also have the advantage of finding balance on an uneven floor, where four-legged stools would wobble. 

Alvar Aalto was granted a patent for the method of bending wood in 1933. Aalto's invention for the 'L-leg' has made the Stool 60 famous. The L-bend legs are mounted directly to the underside of the round seat without the need for complicated connecting elements. Thanks to its geometry, the three-legged stool can be stacked to save space in a spiralling towel sculpture. 

Manufactured in Finland's 'A-Factory', the Stool 60 requires 45 different stages of production, 25 of these for the bent L-leg. It is entirely made from high-quality solid birch from Finland. The carefully selected trees are cut during the winter at 60-80 years old. They are dried in the factory lumberyard for a period of one year for the next steps. Such a considered process makes the stool more durable and sturdy. The Stool 60 is handmade and it is a great example of Alvar Aalto's love of birch, demonstrating his ability to create a refined curved wooden surface.  

The Artek Stool 60 fits perfectly into a variety of interior spaces. It is a timeless classic and versatile furniture that can be used as a seat, a table, storage unit, or display surface, representing the quintessence of functionalist furniture design.

Alvar Aalto Stool 60

Alvar Aalto Stool 60

by Artek

Regular price £204.85 GBP
Regular price £241.00 GBP Sale price £204.85 GBP
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Technical Information

Dimensions:-
Diameter: 38 cm, Height: 44 cm

Assembly required due to Artek's policy of using environmentally friendly flat-packaging.

Materials/Construction

Three legs and seat edge band - solid birch or lacquered finish
Seat core - solid birch, birch plywood
Seat surface - birch veneer or high-pressure laminate or linoleum


The iconic three-legged Artek Stool 60 was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1933. Stool 60 is aesthetically simple and pleasing to the eye, it is also one of the most recognised pieces of Scandinavian modernism. Often copied but never equalled, the stool is superbly constructed and only requires three legs due to their strength. Three legs also have the advantage of finding balance on an uneven floor, where four-legged stools would wobble. 

Alvar Aalto was granted a patent for the method of bending wood in 1933. Aalto's invention for the 'L-leg' has made the Stool 60 famous. The L-bend legs are mounted directly to the underside of the round seat without the need for complicated connecting elements. Thanks to its geometry, the three-legged stool can be stacked to save space in a spiralling towel sculpture. 

Manufactured in Finland's 'A-Factory', the Stool 60 requires 45 different stages of production, 25 of these for the bent L-leg. It is entirely made from high-quality solid birch from Finland. The carefully selected trees are cut during the winter at 60-80 years old. They are dried in the factory lumberyard for a period of one year for the next steps. Such a considered process makes the stool more durable and sturdy. The Stool 60 is handmade and it is a great example of Alvar Aalto's love of birch, demonstrating his ability to create a refined curved wooden surface.  

The Artek Stool 60 fits perfectly into a variety of interior spaces. It is a timeless classic and versatile furniture that can be used as a seat, a table, storage unit, or display surface, representing the quintessence of functionalist furniture design.

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    Alvar Aalto

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    Alvar Aalto

    Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), born in Kuortane, Finland, is now recognised as one of the great masters of modern architecture. He designed buildings for nearly all the significant public institutions, as well as standardised housing and private homes, during his long and prolific career. Aalto was one of the co-founders of Artek, leaving a legacy with lasting resonance.

    Aalto's architecture is notably Finnish, exhibiting a strong individuality and marked by warm humanity. His buildings derive their aesthetic character from their dynamic relationship with natural surroundings, their human scale, well-executed details, unique treatment of materials, and innovative use of lighting.

    Alvar Aalto's name has become significant in the history of design due to his innovations in form and line....