Table 86 is Alvar Aalto’s timeless design from 1935. The primary material of the large, rectangular dining table is solid birch. Artek tables are based on Alvar Aalto’s L-legs and tabletops combinations. Aalto introduced the bent L-leg in 1933, and it became a standard component in his furniture designs. Judging his importance as a designer and architect, Aalto considered the development of the L-leg as his most outstanding achievement – he called the L-leg “the little sister of the architectonic column”. The development of the L-leg was revolutionary because it solved the problem of attaching legs directly to the tabletop in an entirely new way – the portion could be fastened with screws directly to the tabletop, and the result was a solid and straightforward structure.