In The Cheap Version of 5 Mid-Century Lightnings I wrote about 5 kind of lamps with a clear retro inspiration; 4 of them were from Ikea.
I was inspired by the fact that on the Ikea website I found many furniture and home appliances clearly inspired by famous retro furniture from the 20th Century.
I want to go on with the ‘game’ with the Ikea Frosta stool and its Mid-Century original: the three-legged 60 Stool designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek in the 1933!
I will write soon about Alvar Aalto in details but -if you don’t know him already- below I listed 3 posts I’ve wrote about him already:
- The first Aalto House, the Greatest Inspiration for Your Mid Century House.
- 5 Alvar Aalto Prototypes: Mid Century Lightning
- The Greatest Inspiration For Your Mid Century Modern House, the Aalto’s House-Office
The Aalto 60 Stool, has peculiar L-shaped legs. The particular legs’ design is the result of a bending technology that Aalto developed and patented between 1932-1933.
The three legged stools were not a new or original product, they were already in use since decades when Aalto designed the 60 Stool.
However, what was revolutionary and innovative about this product is the technology that Aalto developed to bend the wood in the L-shape.
The L-shaped legs, in fact, made possible to join them directly to the underside of the seat -or of a table- without the need af any additional support or framework.
No additional elements meant also the possibility to be easily built by the buyer and so, shipped unassembled. Once built, the stools can also be easily stacked and stored.
The peculiarities of the 60 Stool, summarize the Aalto’s design values: the attempt to find a perfect balance between tradition, art and technology with a peculiar attention to materials. In fact, as in the Finnish design tradition, Aalto’s favourite material was wood and that’s why the 60 Stool is made of birch veneer; as the Model No. 41 and 31 chair for Artek.
The Ikea Frosta, on the other hand, is a four-legged stool and it has the main peculiarities of the Aalto’s one. It’s also made of birch veneer and I personally love it
The most amazing thing, and the reasons of the success, of these products is their flexibility. I used my Frosta stools as tables, coffe tables, night stands and even as a ladder while I was painting the living room.
Of course there’s a small price difference between the two stools -9.99 euro for the Ikea Frosta and more than 200 euro for the Aalto 60 Stool- but I imagine that the 60 Stool is stronger and of a better quality.
Do you have an Aalto 60 Stool or an Ikea Frosta?
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