Artek Aalto Armchair 401

Alvar Aalto, 1933, Special Edition by Hella Jongurius, 2014


The Aalto Model 401 armchair was first designed by Alvar Aalto in 1932. Aalto created the familiar cantilevered shape, with a slightly tilted back, to provide adequate support for your head and neck. Slender side panels near the head promote relaxation by slightly minimizing peripheral distractions.

Hella Jongerius’ reinterpretation of Alvar Aalto armchair 401 is the beginning of a new collaboration on a crisp and tactile collection of Artek classics.

In Hella Jongerius’ first collaboration with Artek, her ambition was to soften their overall look by creating a tonal color palette around four wood finishes. Next to the existing Artek wood finishes, silver birch and honey, Jongerius recreated two new darker tones: walnut and charcoal stain, adding depth and warmth to the collection. By introducing upholstery in more tactile fabrics, Jongerius updates the color palette from the Aalto archives for a more diffused graphic aesthetic.