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26 June > 12 September 1999

5 x 5 chairs: the classics of Finnish Modernism

Finland was later than the other Scandinavian countries in emerging as a national entity with its own design philosophy. But it was able to attract international attention at the triennials in Milan during the fifties.

The pioneer of Finnish design is undoubtedly Alvar Aalto. His designs for furniture in laminated wood are counted among the classics of modern design. This exhibition presents a picture of innovative ideas from Modernism to the present day, on the basis of five chair designs by Aalto and additional designs by Ilmari Tapiovaara, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Yrjö Viherheimo and Jouko Järvisalo.

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