Key facts

Product:
Tea Trolley 901
Family:
Tea Trolley 901
Manufacturer:
Artek >
Designer:
Alvar Aalto >
Architonic ID:
1000153
Country:
Finland
Launched:
1936
Manufacturer groups :
Complementary ...-Tea-trolleys/Bar-trolleys >
Groups:
Complementary ...-Tea-trolleys/Bar-trolleys >

Product description

The tea trolley was inspired by British tea culture, which Aino and Alvar Aalto had become acquainted with though their many travels, as well as by the Japanese woodwork and architecture they admired.

With a frame composed of two birch lamella loops, Tea Trolley 901 features two shelves and a solid birch handle. Twin wheels, in combination with the lightweight quality of birch, mean the trolley can be easily maneuvered and parked at will.

Over the years, numerous variations of the Tea Trolley have been produced. Dutch designer and colour 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 play with the shifting light on the product’s upper and lower trays.

Concept

The low table serves any number of functions, from a place to set down coffee or leave small items to a storage or display surface. Low tables may be drawn alongside or within reach of beds, sofas, and lounge chairs, positioned at the centre or periphery of an interior. Drawing the gaze down, the low table can provide a focal point, a plane around which furniture may be grouped; alternatively, the low table is a superb supporting player. The Artek collection showcases a diverse selection of low tables and celebrates a wealth of design history.