Embodying simplicity: Hella Jongerius’ reinterpretation of Alvar Aalto classics

Artek announced that Dutch designer Hella Jongerius is giving a twist to two Alvar Aalto armchairs. The new Armchair 400 and Armchair 401 are designed to embody simplicity. The color palette and new textiles of these versions update Aalto’s originals.

Jongerius re-envisioned Armchair 400 by giving it “a soft graphic look” with fabric “inspired by sheep.” Using varying and subtle color options, these fuzzy textiles complement the wood frame of Armchair 400.

For Armchair 401, Jongerius combined three different fabrics for a color blocking effect. The front of the armchair is bisected in two, while the back offers a third color that breaks up the long lines of the 401. Both armchairs come in four finishes: silver birch, honey, walnut and charcoal.


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