The Paimio chair is perhaps the best known and recognised piece of furniture designed by Alvar Aalto. A curvy design that was first intended for the tuberculosis sanatorium that Aalto famously designed and built and was used in the patients' lounge.
The angle of the back was intended to help sitters/patients breathe more easily. It is named after the town in southwestern Finland where the sanatorium is based.
Born in 1898 Aalto is one of the most important Finnish architect's of the 20th century who was a central figure in international modernism. His designs whether buildings or product are iconic and have influenced many designers since. During a long and prolific career, Aalto designed buildings for almost all key public institutions, as well as standardised housing and private homes. One of the co-founders of Artek, Aalto left a legacy with lasting resonance. His Artek 60 Stool is one of his most simple yet memorable designs.