natural lacquered birch finishes

Tables having a birch natural lacquered base are available in three finishes tabletops: birch natural lacquered, white laminate HPL and black linoleum.
> The birch natural lacquered tabletops have three layers of lacquer; their colour changes into a more intense honey colour with UV effects.
> The white laminate HPL tabletops have easy care instructions, ideal for a kitchen or a daily table.
> The linoleum is a natural material gets from vegetals oils; it's a soft and warm material, acquiring a patina over time, ideal for offices and caring people.
Tabletop 75x75cm or 120x120cm
Height 74, 60 or 52cm
In the late 1920s, the great Finnish architect Alvar Aalto began to experiment with bending wood and collaborated with the furniture manufacturer Otto Korhonen on a number of innovative techniques. The development of an L-shaped leg composed of solid bent wood – the “L-leg” – assumed a central role. Aalto referred to it as “the little sister of the architectural column”, as the L-leg takes on a similar weight-bearing function: various horizontal surfaces can be directly affixed to and supported by these vertical elements.
Manufactured in four sizes, the L-leg enabled the creation of more than 50 different products, from stools, chairs, benches and tables to storage furniture. With the L-leg, which was patented in 1933, Aalto invented a highly versatile system of standard components, which still forms the base of the Artek collection today.
Made from Finnish birch, the products boast a natural beauty and radiate warmth; they are sustainable and age gracefully.
Today, Artek’s collection comprises 36 products based on the L-leg. Aalto’s furniture designs project a sense of relaxed familiarity. They cannot be assigned to a distinct social identity or functional category. This makes them equally at home in public buildings, cultural institutions and educational facilities as well as in private homes.
Artek products continue to be fabricated semi-industrially according to strict quality criteria with a high proportion of handcraftsmanship. The L-leg collection is still produced at the original Artek factory in Turku, Finland, the process of their production relatively unchanged, their organic qualities as ideologically and aesthetically relevant as ever.

birch natural lacquered + black linoleum

birch natural lacquered + white HPL

birch natural lacquered



square tables


height 74cm, 60 or 52cm


design Alvar Aalto, 1935

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