Finnish label Artek partnered with Japanese design Nao Tamura to celebrate Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60’s 80th anniversary. The result: A special edition featuring a cross section of an 80 year old tree on the seat.

From Nao Tamura:


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.

Photos: Artek