High backrest birch lamella, legs solid birch, seat shell plastic (pholypropylene), upholsted with a special 3D knit fabric or leather. Swivel seat base.
Rival is an universal chair suited for homes, public spaces and offices. Rooted in the Artek tradition, it represents a modern and fresh approach to wooden chairs. The legs are milled from solid birch, yet take on a fluid quality more similar to moulded plastic than timber, while the back and armrests are made of birch lamella. True to Alvar Aalto’s construction principles, the individual elements of the chair are visibly added, and the backrest is directly joined to the seat shell. What at first glance might look like a typical wooden chair in fact has the functionality and comfort of a task chair. Concealed in a bowl under the upholstered seat is an intelligent cast aluminum “knot” - a mechanism that gives the Rival its characteristic swivel function. Besides comfort and flexibility, this finesse also delineates how to intuitively use the chair. Konstantin Grcic says: “The name Rival is not about competition, but about self-confidence. The Rival stands astride the strong history of Artek and Alvar Aalto. It doesn’t hold back, but proudly says ‘this is how we make furniture today.” Rival is available in two versions - low back (KG001) and high back (KG002), and available in four colours combined with leather or 3D-knit upholstery. The low backrest of KG001 freely describes a space and gives just the right amount of support for active, flexible seating. The high backrest of KG002 offers a more defined support and guides the user’s movements.