Alvar Aalto and My Home Town Paimio

June 21, 2007 Katja Presnal

Alvar Aalto Paimio Chair

Paimio Chair

This modern beauty is Paimio Chair, the best-known piece of furniture designed by a Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Paimio is a town in southwestern Finland where Alvar Aalto designed a tuberculosis sanatorium and all its furnishings in 1928-1933. Since the 30’s the Paimio Sanatorium has been acclaimed internationally as a major modern architectural achievement.

It just happens to be that I am as Paimioan as a girl can be. I was born and raised in Paimio, only a few miles from Aalto’s modern hospital, and my dear Mummo (grandma) actually worked in the famous sanatorium Alvar Aalto designed.

alvar aalto paimio chair in paimio hospital

Originally the Paimio Chair was used in the patients’ lounge, and the angle of the back of this armchair was intended to help sitters breathe more easily. Today Paimio Chair can be found from the homes of modern design lovers and in numerous museums including the Museum of Modern Art. The modern design, beautiful lines combined with sitting comfort is something that rarely can be combined as well as in the Paimio Chair.

The chair is made from birch and available with black, white and natural birch colored seat. Sitting on Aalto’s Paimio chair in an experience, and it will be a conversation piece as well as has the quality to be the design highlight of any space.

Paimio chair by Alvar Aalto

The white version is available at Finnstyle.com for 2,760$.

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (3)

  1. compulsive writer

    I fell in love with Finland and the crisp clean lines of Finnish design last fall when I spent two glorious weeks there. I’m glad to find your site.

  2. Anonymous

    The Paimio chair is absolutely fabulous! You should be really proud to be from Paimio, Finland!
    This is a great blog, and your store is awesome. Finally some cute children’s clothing that have some idea behind them!

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