Design Classic: Paimio Chair 41

Aalto's intriguing and most famous chair, the 41 Paimio armchair can be found in numerous museums including the Museum of Modern Art. The laminated birch frame is bent into a unique closed curve supported by solid birch cross-rails. The seat is molded from one piece of birch plywood and is offered in two high-shine laminate colors. The idea of fixing plywood onto a closed frame was Aalto's 1931 brainstorm for making a wooden chair "soft" and as a result this wooden chair has a springy quality.