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Movable Feast: Artek Tea Trolley

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Nov 24, 2013 01:02 AM
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by Promila Shastri last modified Nov 23, 2013

For arbiters of Mid-Century Nordic furniture, the term tea trolley begins and ends in 1936—the year Alvar Aalto wheeled out his Tea Trolley 901 for Artek. Framed in pale, exquisitely bent birch wood, the linear Tea Trolley 901—with its beautifully stylized, rubber-edged wheels—was a profile in versatility, portability and, not — Continue reading …




 

 

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For arbiters of Mid-Century Nordic furniture, the term tea trolley begins and ends in 1936—the year Alvar Aalto wheeled out his Tea Trolley 901 for Artek. Framed in pale, exquisitely bent birch wood, the linear Tea Trolley 901—with its beautifully stylized, rubber-edged wheels—was a profile in versatility, portability and, not incidentally, reductive beauty. A study in geometry and balance, here was a typically subsidiary piece of furniture that wasn’t built to languish on the sidelines, trotted out only for the occasional gathering; but rather, like Aalto’s famous chairs and stools, Artek Tea Trolley 901 (and the subsequent Artek Tea Trolley 900), was an arresting visual statement, irrespective of where it was placed and what function it served. And, as with much else Aalto designed, we haven’t seen anything quite like it since. 246476_view.add0_flag.default

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