TEA TROLLEY 901 Alvar Alto 1936.
The Artek 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.
Dimensions: L 90 cm. H 56 cm. D 50 cm. Frame: birch Wheels: MDF Top and Shelf: laminate or linoleum.
Tea trolley comes in four variants: birch clear lacquered with black linoleum, birch clear lacquered with white laminate, birch black lacquered / peat color MDF wheels and peat linoleum top and black linoleum shelf (version Hella Jongerius), birch clear lacquered, white MDF wheels with red / turquoise ColoRing top and shelf.