Alvar Aalto model 21 cantilever side chairs by Finmar, pair, Finland, circa 1935 Pair of Alvar Aalto model 21 cantilever side chairs for Finmar, Finland, circa 1935, bent laminated birch frame with moulded plywood seat, the chairs have a faded 'Finmar' label to the underside and are stamped '20' to base, a wonderful addition to any collection, reserve now. Biography: Alvar Aalto (Finnish 1898-1976) In contrast with the functionalism of the International Style (as well the Neoclassicism put forward by the Nazi and Soviet regimes), Alvar Aalto brought a refreshing breath of humanism to modern design: "True architecture exists only where man stands in the center," he wrote. Aalto designed furniture in stack-laminated plywood composed of Finnish birch, which was cost-effective and lent warmth to his interiors. Aalto also revived Finnish glass design with his entries in the various Karhula-Iitala glassworks competitions throughout the 1930s. In 1936 he won first place for a collection of colorful, wavy vases in various sizes titled Eskimoerindens skinnbuxa (The Eskimo Woman’s Leather Breeches). The vases were an immediate success and the most popular size, now known as the "Savoy" vase, is still in production today. Aalto's freeform designs, in harmony with human needs and nature, anticipated the organic modernism of the 1950s and 1960s; in particular, his innovations in bent plywood had a major impact on designers such as Charles and Ray Eames. Summery: midcentury, circa 1935 Alvar Aalto Finmar Finland Cantilever chair Model 21 Pair Stamped Label Original Rare Investment Practical & beautiful Condition: The chairs are offered in good original condition with age related scuffs and marks, with no weakness to the joints, the bottom of the wooden runners are dirty and stained, the seat color is patchy, otherwise in good condition. ?Dimensions: Height 33” /83cm Width 19” / 49cm Depth 22” / 56cm Floor to seat 17” / 44cm.