Early Alvar Aalto ‘Tank’ chairs model 400 in Mohair velvet, Finland 1940s
Rare early set of ‘Tank' chairs Model 400 by Alvar Aalto, Finland 1940s. This early chairs has been produced by the first producer: O.Y. Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas A.b. in Turku. Stunning design out of a laminated bent birch wooden frame and a contrasting upholstered block seat and backrest. The chair owes its nickname ‘Tank’ to its distinctive wide and sturdy armrests.
The chairs are reupholstered in a rich mohair from the collection of Pierre Frey. The inner copper spring core parts of the seat and backrest have been kept original but have been professionally reworked.
These chairs are extremely comfortable, due to the slightly tilted angle and high quality spring corts, giving it a classic high quality comfort. Combined with the natural resilience of the curved plywood makes it an extremely comfortable chair. Model 400 was designed for the Milan Triennale in 1936, where it was rewarded. Unique opportunity to own these early examples with a great history.
The chairs are both stamped at the bottom of the legs. In excellent condition with beautiful warm patinated frames.