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The full of character Bilberry lamp is surprisingly modern with its asymmetrical shape. The Bilberry lamps were originally designed by Aalto for the house of the French gallerist Louis Carré, La Maison Carré. Bilberry is perfect alone or in a group. It is an excellent lamp when you wish undirect light or want to direct the light on a detail of the décor. Aalto always wanted to design buildings considering also the smallest details. And to this project belonged also the lamps. This was his philosophy during all his career.

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Aalto pendant A338 "Bilberry", white

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Material
Painted steel
Colour
White
Diameter
18 cm
Height
22 cm
Bulb base
E14
Light source
5-7W LED (not included)
IP rating
20
Protection class
II
Energy label
A++ - E
Cable length
250 cm
Cable colour
White
Cable material
Plastic
Canopy
Included

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.

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