Alvar Aalto

Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto is one of the most prominent contributors to the worldwide fame of Scandinavian Modernism. He was a humanist, whose main goal in designing buildings and furniture was to offer comfort, aesthetic and pleasure to human beings. He once said "The ultimate goal of the architect...is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of architecture... should be a fruit of our endeavour to build an earthly paradise for people."

 

Born in Kuortane, Finland, Aalto experimented with many different styles throughout his career, from Nordic Classicism, Functionalism, Experimentation and finally at the mature level of his career, Monumentalism. However, there was always one thing that never changed in his style: the sense of Gesamtkunstwerk (a total work of art). He wanted his buildings to stand as complete works of art, with every element in harmony. Therefore, he designed his buildings' interiors, complete with surfaces, furniture, lamps and glassware. This is the main reason why he started to design furniture in the 1920s, collaborating with his first wife, Aino Aalto.

 

While he was designing the Paimio Sanitorium, his experimentation with bent plywood created one of his most famous designs, the Paimio Chair, which was originally designed for tuberculosis patients. Comfortable, yet light enough to be easily moved by patients, the chair’s frame is composed of two laminated birch loops; the seat and back are formed from a single sheet of plywood that scrolls under at the headrest and beneath the knees, creating a sort of pillow effect.

 

Aalto was highly innovative in his designs. He was an early adopter of the cantilever principle, which was used for bridges, for furniture design. He invented the Y-Leg and L-Leg designs. He was infatuated with wood, calling it a "form-inspiring, deeply human material". This love affair awarded him his genius in shaping the wood as if it was liquid, giving it the form and structure that created the signature Aalto look.

 

His designs quickly became a sensation around the world and he showed in an extensive exhibition in MOMA New York, taking the U.S by storm, earning the attention of many modernist American designers such as Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, who shared Aalto's humanistic ideals. His famous designs include the Aalto Lounge Chair, the Savoy Vase (now produced by Iittala), the Beehive and Golden Bell lamps. No matter what the product is, it carries the Aalto style: simple, organic, spirited.

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Dining table Alvar Aalto
Dining table Alvar Aalto
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Armchair Alvar Aalto
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Alvar AALTO (1898 - 1976) - Lampe de table mod. A703 - circa 1950
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ALVAR AALTO, CEILING LAMP.
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ALVAR AALTO, A PAIR OF ARMCHAIRS, No 46.
ALVAR AALTO, A PAIR OF ARMCHAIRS, No 46.
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ALVAR AALTO, A SEVEN-PIECE DINING-TABLE SET.
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ALVAR AALTO, TABLE.
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An Alvar Aalto birch table, made on license by Aalto Design Hedemora, for Artek, Sweden 1946-56.
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Alvar Aalto. Desk, model 600, Artek 1940s.
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Alvar Aalto: Set of four chairs of black lacquered wood. Seat upholstered with white leather. Manufactured by Artek. (4)
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Alvar Aalto. Six seats (6)
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Alvar Aalto. Table, model 81B, 1900 the second half.
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Alvar Aalto. 4 chairs and table, Artek, Finland.
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Alvar Aalto. A rectangular dining table (1)
Alvar Aalto. A rectangular dining table (1)
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Alvar Aalto. ARMCHAIRS, a couple, model 2, Artek, the mid-1900s.
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Alvar Aalto. Work table / dining table
Alvar Aalto. Work table / dining table
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Alvar Aalto. Armchairs, 4, Model 45, Artek, model designed in 1947.
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Alvar Aalto. Roundtable.
Alvar Aalto. Roundtable.
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Alvar Aalto. Round table and four low-back chairs (5)
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Alvar Aalto: "Golden Bell". A pair of pendants of polished brass, inside with white paint. Model A 330.  Manufactured by Louis Poulsen. Dia. 17 cm. (2)
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Alvar Aalto. Et bord med ti stole, model 66. (11)
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ALVAR AALTO; Finland
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ALVAR AALTO; ARTEK; Pair of quilted...
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ALVAR AALTO, A TABLE AND 4 CHAIRS.
ALVAR AALTO, A TABLE AND 4 CHAIRS.
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ALVAR AALTO, PENDANT LAMP.
ALVAR AALTO, PENDANT LAMP.
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Alvar Aalto. Chairs, 8 pcs, model 612, Artek, 1950s.
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Alvar Aalto. Desk / work and Paustian drawer module (2)
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Alvar Aalto. Table, model H94, Artek, the 1900s ended.
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Alvar Aalto: Rectangular birch table and small desk, tops with white laminate. Manufactured by Artek, Finland. (2)
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Alvar Aalto. Children's furniture (6)
Alvar Aalto. Children's furniture (6)
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ALVAR AALTO, A FLOOR LAMP, A809.
ALVAR AALTO, A FLOOR LAMP, A809.
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ALVAR AALTO, A CEILING LAMP.
ALVAR AALTO, A CEILING LAMP.
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ALVAR AALTO, A CEILING LAMP.
ALVAR AALTO, A CEILING LAMP.
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An Alvar Aalto laminated birch and plywood armchair, 'Paimio', model 41, retailed by Finmar Ltd, Finland circa 1932.
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Alvar Aalto. A round table with four chairs (5)
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Alvar Aalto. Four armchairs, model 45 (4)
Alvar Aalto. Four armchairs, model 45 (4)
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Alvar Aalto, coffee table
Alvar Aalto, coffee table
Alvar Aalto. Around the coffee table in birch and black laminate. ....
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Alvar Aalto. Table, Aalto Design Hedemora in the mid-1900s.
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Birch. Table legs painted brown. Two extension leaves in pine, tabl...
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TABLES and CHAIRS. 3 pcs, Alvar Aalto, Artek, 1900 the second half.
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Alvar Aalto. Se stole (6)
Alvar Aalto. Se stole (6)
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Alvar Aalto: A circular laminated Birch dining table consisting of two D-ends, each with three legs. Manufactured and stamped by Artek, Finland. (2)
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ALVAR AALTO, A TABLE AND 4 CHAIRS No 612.
ALVAR AALTO, A TABLE AND 4 CHAIRS No 612.
The table with birch frame and yellow linoleum. 19070sThe chairs re...
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An Alvar Aalto birch table, Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas or Aalto Design Hedemora, probably 1940's-50's.
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A stamped figure 2 underneath the top. Length 120 cm + 48,5 cm, wid...
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An Alvar Aalto laminated birch 'padded Paimio chair', upholstered in yellow and black fabric.
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Huonekalu-ja Rakennustyötehdas Oy, Finland. Height 64 cm, width 62,...
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