Tea Trolley 901 black laquered dark version by Hella Jongerius_WEB

Tea Trolley 901

Designer: Alvar Aalto

Year: 1936

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 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.

Tea Trolley 901 white laminate Aalto studio
Tea Trolley 901 at Alvar Aalto's studio in Helsinki, Finland
Teatrolley 901 Hella Jongerius, dark version
Tea Trolley 901 is both versatile and easy to manoeuvre
Tea Trolley 901 Hella Jongerius, cream
Inspired by tea culture
Tea Trolley 901 cm
Frame
Form-bent solid birch lamella
Wheels
MDF
Top and shelf surface
High-pressure laminate or linoleum

This product is available in four different versions.

Tea Trolley 901 black linoleum_WEB

Tea Trolley 901
Frame: birch, clear lacquer
Wheels: MDF, white lacquer
Top and shelf surface: linoleum, black

Tea Trolley 901 white laminate

Tea Trolley 901
Frame: birch, clear lacquer
Wheels: MDF, white lacquer
Top and shelf surface: HPL, IKI white

Tea Trolley 901 clear lacquer cream version by Hella Jongerius

Tea Trolley 901, Hella Jongerius version
Frame: birch, clear lacquer
Wheels: MDF, cream lacquer
Top and shelf surface: linoleum, cream

Tea Trolley 901 black laquered dark version by Hella Jongerius_WEB

Tea Trolley 901, Hella Jongerius version
Frame: birch, black lacquer
Wheels: MDF, peat lacquer
Top and shelf surface: linoleum, peat and linoleum, charcoal