The consecutive pieces of wood bending

1. The Story of the tea trolley
Tea trolley designed by Alvar Aalto in 1936. The beauty of Aalto’s work is hidden in his design approach of functionalism with a strong connection to the organic relationship between man, nature, and buildings. After the success of the classic stool 60 he created a new trend in the use of bending plywood in furniture design. The tea trolley is one of the consecutive pieces of furniture that is inspired by British tea culture as well as the Japanese woodwork and architecture they admire through their many travels. It's the perfect sense to transition the simplest organic lines into architecture and furniture design.
2.The Design of the tea trolley

The tea trolley was designed to be set as a coffee table that is "easy to move but it does not need to be moved frequently", so the unilateral wheel is very sufficient and also more elegant. With a frame composed of two birch lamella loops, Tea Trolley 901 features two shelves and a solid birch handle in combination with the lightweight quality of birch, meaning the trolley can be easily moved and parked at will. 

3.The tea trolley for the modern world and collaboration

Over the years, numerous variations of the Tea Trolley have been produced. In 2015,  Dutch designer and color expert Hella Jongerius delved into Artek’s archives to offer her own take on one of Alvar Aalto’s most cherished products. Her subtle interventions resulted in a light and a dark version of the trolley, which played with the shifting light on the product’s upper and lower trays.

A collaboration between Artek and Heath Ceramics in 2018, that merges over 150 years of designing and manufacturing experience, features colors and glazes created from experiments in application, unexpected glaze combinations applied to Artek’s iconic Stool 60 and Tea Trolley 900.  It's the experimental glazes from the 1940s meet innovative wood bending techniques from the 1930s, resulting in a fresh and relevant collection.


Alvar Aalto, the pioneer of modern architecture and design. He was a Finnish architect and designer; His design philosophy was quite influenced by nature and organic materials. And the beauty of his work is hidden in his design approach of Functionalism but with a strong connection to the organic relationship between man, nature and buildings. In the 1920s - 1930s, he started to produce innovative plywood chairs and create a new trend in the use of plywood. His modern architects' design aesthetic and the use of natural material became his identifiable personal style has gained him the international reputation of a distinctive blend of modernist refinement in the world. 


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