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Pieces of Nordic Happiness

Fast worldwide delivery to over 180 countries

Extended returns until 31 January

Over 200,000 items in stock and ready to ship

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 stool 60, birch

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Aalto Screen 100

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Aalto chair 66, birch

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Aalto table 83

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Aalto stool 60, honey

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Aalto table 90A, birch - white

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Aalto wall shelf 112B

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Aalto table 80A, birch

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Aalto table 86

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Aalto table 81B, birch - black

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Aalto table 81B, birch - white

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Aalto stool E60, birch

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Aalto bench 153A, birch

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Aalto chair 69, birch

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Aalto table 91, birch

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Aalto vase 160 mm, clear

$129.00 ($172.00)

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Aalto chair 69, white

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Aalto vase 251 mm, clear

$136.50 ($182.00)

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Aalto day bed 710

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Aalto floor lamp A808, white

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Aalto table 82B

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Aalto stool 60, walnut

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Aalto table 81B, birch

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Aalto bench 153B, black

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Aalto chair 65, birch

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Aalto stool E60, honey

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Aalto bench 153B, birch

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Aalto ceiling lamp A622A

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Aalto floor lamp A810, brass

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Aalto stool E60, walnut

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Aalto table 81A, birch - white

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Aalto chair 69, yellow

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Aalto chair 65, all black

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Aalto table 90A, birch

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Aalto table 90B, birch

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Aalto tea trolley 901, all black

$2,243.70 ($2,493.00)

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Aalto vase 160 mm, white

$129.00 ($172.00)

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Aalto table 82A, birch

$1,755.00 ($1,950.00)

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Aalto vase 160 mm, linen

$129.00 ($172.00)

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Aalto table 82A, birch - white

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Aalto chair 69, green

$425.70 ($473.00)

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Aalto vase 160 mm, moss green

$129.00 ($172.00)

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Aalto chair 69, orange

$425.70 ($473.00)

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Aalto vase 251 mm, dark grey

$136.50 ($182.00)

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Aalto ceiling lamp A622B

$1,295.10 ($1,439.00)

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Aalto vase 251 mm, ultramarine blue

$136.50 ($182.00)

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Aalto bench 153A, black

$792.90 ($881.00)

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Aalto stool E60, orange - birch

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Aalto bench 153B, white

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Aalto chair 69, black

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Aalto vase 251 mm, copper

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