We should have known that Artek would unveil something fairly brilliant at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile next week, and here we have it: 3 new all-black tubular steel pieces, versions of original Alvar Aalto chair designs, and a side table based on an Aino Aalto stool. And should we be so astonished at how glamorous a trio they are?
For all our admiration of Aalto’s experimentation with materials and technology, it’s the purity of his designs that ultimately wins us over time and time again: the arm that curves at just the right angle, the fluidity with which seat bends into back. And here, dressed in monochrome black, with no visual break between bent wood and bent steel, we have a chance to reassess the clarity to which Aalto aspired—and which he almost always attained.
“In accordance with Aalto’s ideology, the chairs are completely devoid of superfluous detail,” says Artek. Well, we already expected that; but we’re still agog at how spectacular basic necessities can be.