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Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) is probably the most famous Finnish architect and designer in the world. In 1921 Alvar Aalto got the Diploma of Architecture at the Helsinki Institute of Technology and his career as an architect started. One of the most important works he was commissioned was the planning of the tuberculosis sanatorium in Paimio, Finland. This project meant also the beginning of Aalto’s career as a furniture designer – in fact, this was the first building planned by Aalto which was entirely furnished with pieces of furniture designed by Aalto himself – including the lighting as well. Other important projects completed by Alvar Aalto are the Viipuri Municipal Library, Villa Mairea, La Maison Carré and the Finnish Pavilions for the 1937 Paris and 1939 New York World Fairs.

In 1935 Alvar Aalto, together with Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl, founded Artek, a world-renowned furniture and lighting company. The company was created "to sell furniture" – designed by Alvar Aalto – "and to promote modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other means". 

One of the most ingenious innovations by Alvar Aalto is the L-leg, patented in 1933. Aalto considered his L-leg design his greatest achievement and even compared it to the invention of the architectonic column. Thanks to this innovation, the legs could be attached directly to the table, chair and stool tops. Alvar Aalto was a versatile designer whose work covered different fields. He is well-known also for his elegant lamps, which very often were designed for individual construction projects and later on adapted for the serial production. Alvar Aalto was also an esteemed glass designer and his most famous work as a glass designer is the Aalto vase (or Savoy vase) – one of the most iconic glassware pieces in Finnish design.

Would you like to read more about Alvar Aalto and his work? Discover our books:
Aalto, Alvar Aalto Homes, Alvar Aalto Libraries, Alvar Aalto Designer, Alvar Aalto – The Mark of the Hand, Alvar Aalto – A Gentler Structure for Life, Alvar Aalto Architect vol. 5, Alvar Aalto Architect vol. 18, Alvar Aalto Architect vol. 20, Iittala, Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses, Mid-Century Modern Design, Modernist Escapes: An Architectural Travel Guide

Alvar Aalto has designed pieces for the following brands: Iittala, Artek, Nikari

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Aalto Screen 100

CHF 2,495.00

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Aalto table 83

CHF 2,202.00

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Aalto stool 60, birch

CHF 255.00

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Aalto chair 66, birch

CHF 445.00

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Aalto stool 60, honey

CHF 302.00

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Aalto table 80A, birch

CHF 1,078.00

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Aalto day bed 710

CHF 1,149.00

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Aalto vase 160 mm, clear

CHF 160.00

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Aalto table 81B, birch

CHF 1,165.00

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Aalto bench 153A, birch

CHF 819.00

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Aalto table 90A, birch

CHF 1,260.00

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Aalto stool E60, birch

CHF 291.00

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Aalto chair 69, birch

CHF 445.00

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Aalto wall shelf 112B

CHF 439.00

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Aalto table 86

CHF 2,836.00

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Aalto table 90B, birch

CHF 832.00

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Aalto chair 69, green

CHF 478.00

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Aalto bench 153B, birch

CHF 650.00

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Aalto chair 69, white

CHF 478.00

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Aalto stool 60, walnut

CHF 302.00

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Aalto chair 69, yellow

CHF 478.00

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Aalto chair 68, birch

CHF 518.00

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Aalto pendant A440

CHF 561.00

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Aalto table 82B

CHF 1,562.00

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Aalto bench 153B, black

CHF 761.00

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Aalto vase 160 mm, linen

CHF 160.00

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Aalto bench 153B, honey

CHF 718.00

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Aalto coat rack 109C

CHF 558.00

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Aalto stool E60, honey

CHF 341.00

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Aalto vase 160 mm, moss green

CHF 160.00

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Aalto bench 153A, black

CHF 927.00

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Aalto stool E60, walnut

CHF 341.00

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Aalto vase 160 mm, dark grey

CHF 160.00

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Aalto vase 251 mm, linen

CHF 170.00

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Aalto vase 160 mm, ultramarine blue

CHF 160.00

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Aalto Nesting Table 88, birch

CHF 1,349.00 CHF 1,587.00

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Aalto chair 69, orange

CHF 478.00

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Aalto vase 160 mm, white

CHF 160.00

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Aalto vase 251 mm, white

CHF 170.00

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Aalto vase 120 mm, clear

CHF 113.00

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Aalto chair 69, birch - petrol

CHF 478.00

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Aalto vase 251 mm, copper

CHF 170.00

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