Alvar Aalto Zebra Tank chairs model 400 Pair by Artek, Finland, circa 1970 Magnificent pair of mid twentieth century 'Tank' Model 400 armchairs, designed by Alvar Aalto and manufactured by Artek, Finland Circa 1970, the laminated bent birch frames with its original Zebra fabric to seat and back, The classic Zebra fabric was originally discovered by Aino Aalto during her European travels. Incorporated in Artek interiors as early as the 1930s, Zebra is perhaps most closely identified with the iconic Armchair 400. It is characterised by a soft, sensual feel and striking visual depth. the underside of leg impressed with the number36 and label with Artek to side, reserve now As beautiful as it is comfortable, the Model 400 was created by Alvar Aalto in 1936 for an exhibition at the Milan Triennale, where it was promptly awarded a prize. The chair owes its nickname “Tank” to its distinctive wide and sturdy armrests made of form-bent birch lamella and to its robust upholstery. The springy cantilevered frame offers a flexible, comfortable seat. A favourite since the 1930s, this early example is quite unique in the fact that it remains untouched and in original condition, it can be reupholstered in a fabric of your choice by us or left as is, we would leave it exactly as it is. 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 centre," 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 colourful, 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 1970 Alvar Aalto Artek Finland Tank Model 400 Zebra fabric Original Pair Investment Practical and beautiful Free UK delivery Condition: The chairs are offered in excellent original condition with age related scuffs and marks, the arms show signs of wear and tear, the fabric is in very good original condition with no odours or smells, no tears or rips, wonderful patina. Dimensions: Width: 30” /76cm Depth: 33” / 84cm Height: 25” /64cm Floor to seat: 15” /38cm.