~ Nao Tamura// Rings for Artek

A beautiful marriage of a design classic with the idea of visually recording the passing of time. A beautiful new take on the Stool 60 by Finnish architect & designer Alvar Aalto reinterpreted by designer Nao Tamura called 'rings'. Celebrating Alvar Aalto's Stool 60's 80th anniversary, Nao Tamura has created a special edition featuring a cross section of an 80 year old tree on the seat. The only question is...where do I get one? Inspiration from the classic's which mixed art and nature with technology.


Contained within a single tree is its unabridged chronicle Year by year, never skipping a beat, it records its history slowly. Some lines speak of seasons of plenty, while others cry of famine. The size of the rings are never the same. Each engraving bears witness to battles waged in the name of survival. To observe such is to humble ourselves to nature’s love of life.


This celebration was created by layering upon the chair's beautiful geometric shape, a complex and organic graphic of life. My hope is that the Artek 'Stool 60' will evoke the bounty of nature as seen by the passage of 80 years of time.

Nao Tamura


Rings will be part of the 2012 Design Trust for Public Spaces event which supports public spaces in New York City.


The 1930s marked a breakthrough for Alvar Aalto both as an architect and a designer.

The Stool 60 stackable stool was designed by Aalto during the years of 1932-33. Stool 60 was first introduced to the international public at the Wood Only exhibition in London in November 1933, to rave reviews.

The use of wood instead of bent steel was revolutionary at the time. Aalto spent years developing the L-shaped leg at the Korhonen furniture factory.

Aalto developed the bent L-shaped leg to achieve his ultimate design aesthetic which mixed art and nature with technology. This unique bending technology became the basis of Stool 60 and was later patented.   

On permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the simplicity and innovative technology captured by this three-legged stool is timeless. Made in Finland by Artek.

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Nao Tamura