Aino and Alvar Aalto were forerunners as developers of wood bending and wooden architecture. In private homes the solid hardwood floors and the numerous wooden details, the result of a carpenter's handicraft, provided a finishing touch to the air of a modern home.
A Design classic
Aino and Alvar Aalto also developed the use of curved plywood in the furniture industry, which, for its part, promoted the development of the birch-slat-structured hardwood floor. A distinctive feature of Aino and Alvar Aalto's furniture design was the visual air of the birch veneering. The fine-line effect created by cut birch veneer is reflected in the Saima hardwood floor.
A hardwood floor called Kotka, on the market in the 40's and 50's, used by the Aalto couple in a factory workers' residential area in Sunila, Finland, was the predecessor of Saima. Saima has inherited the design language and structure of the Kotka floor, the surface of which consisted of vertical birch veneer slats, glued together. The surface pattern thus resembled the side profile of bent veneer.
The Saima hardwood floor is of excellent strength and durability. Its slat-patterned surface, based on Aino and Alvar Aalto's design, creates an exceptionally rich, wood ambience in a room. Thanks to its special structure, Saima uniquely reflects light and the colours of any room.
Refferences to Aino and Alvar Aalto with the permission of the Aalto estate. More from http://www.alvaraalto.fi/.