Alvar Aalto Tea Trolley, by Hella Jongerius for Artek


Hella Jongerius has designed her own version of Finnish designer Alvar Aalto’s Tea Trolley, which is being produced by Artek.

The trolley was inspired by “British tea culture” and the Japanese woodwork and architecture that Aalto admired according to Artek.

It was first introduced in 1936 and has since been produced in different sizes and with different variations such as baskets and trays, it has been finished in wood, linoleum, tiles and laminate and comes in a range of colours.

Jongerius’ new design is a new version of Tea Trolley 901. One is light and comprises a natural birch frame, eggshell coloured linoleum top tray and white laminate bottom tray.

The other version has a black lacquered birch frame, aubergine linoleum top tray and black linoleum bottom tray.