Frame: birch, natural lacquered.
Top tray: cream linoleum.
Bottom tray: white laminate.
Wheels: cream lacquer with white
Frame: birch, black lacquered.
Top tray: peat linoleum.
Bottom tray: charcoal linoleum.
Wheels: peat lacquer with black
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 manoeuvred 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.