Alvar Aalto table top in need of repair
Yes -- I think those are asbestos tiles, a conglomerate of asbestos and other substances. The thinner and shinier vinyl tile replaced them . . .both products often seen with a speckled or marbled appearance.
Following bad news from certain industrial work environments and a subsequent gold mine in "abatement" services, the world now trembles in fear at the word "asbestos." Most in-situ installations of asbestos-containing materials are perfectly safe; it is only air-borne fibers that can have any unhealthful effects.
I don't think it is red paint. It seems more like residue from the original linoleum.
I forgot to mention there are also a few bits where they scrapped up small portions of the burlap 🙁
I will post pictures.
Does anyone know the composition of these tables? It is kind of plasticy in the scraped bits.
I hate the idea of throwing any piece of the table away, and really love all of these suggestions! My boyfriend thought I was crazy for wanting take the table home 🙂
I think that's right, marble. The red is what's left of the linoleum still attached to its burlap backing. The plastic-like surface exposed where the burlap has been scraped through is likely either glue used to adhere the linoleum or the surface of the substrate itself. I think that the core is probably plywood, but I don't know. Artek may have used a plywood product known in the US as "MDO" or "Medium Density Overlay" which is simply plywood with resin-impregnated paper face veneers designed to provide a smooth, hard, solvent and water-resistant surface ready for paint, high-pressure laminates, wood veneers, or other coatings. The surface of the underside may offer clues.
Id think about new lino if you can get it thin enough, maybe a different colour.
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