Lilla Åland

In the 1940s, the spindle back chair moved into the living room. Carl Malmsten found inspiration for his version during a visit to a church in Åland. In the book Levande svensk tradition (Living Swedish Tradition) he wrote: “In Åland, where I was teaching a course in woodcrafting in 1939, I encountered in the vestry of the Finström medieval church some high-backed spindle chairs, which completely beguiled me. The curved verve of the seat and the caressing, backside-friendly recess, as well as the staged ascent of the legs and 8 spindles bore witness to a masterly feeling for construction and rhythmical expression. Chair Åland is its downsized, for contemporary homes and machine production, pure descendant.”

The pupil Sven Erik Fryklund measured the archetype, and the final product was developed at the factory in consultation with the wood turner. Production started in 1942. There was also a “Stora Åland”, but this stayed on the drawing board.

DESIGNED:

1942

SIZE:

Height 88 cm, Width: 44 cm, Depth: 57 cm, Seat height 44 cm, Seat depth: 44 cm.

MATERIAL:

Solid birch or oak. Black leather seat or seat cushion optional

SURFACE TREATMENT:

Clear varnish, light matt varnish, oil or paint

OTHER:

Also available as armchair, children’s chair low or high

PRODUCER:

Stolab