Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto was one of the first things I bought after moving away from home years ago, into a tiny rental apartment in Punavuori.
I think I got three stools in natural light birch back then. I would use them as nightstands, or as an occasional ottoman, side table or extra seat. Sometimes I would have the stools piled up – not a grandiose artwork like this one, but even a stack of three stools looked beautiful.
Since the first stools, I have added to my collection. At one point, I painted two stools white to use as nightstands. Later I got bored of white and painted over it.
My current crush is the honey-stained version, honey referring to the shade of the stain, not the stain itself. Saku calls it the honey-marinated stool.
If you’ve seen original Aalto pieces from the 1930’s–40’s, the color is quite close to what they could look now. It feels a little warmer than light birch, a little more grounded and mature – the perfect antidote to the cold dull winter light.