INSPIRATION

ALVAR AALTO

1898-1976

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Recognized today as one of the great masters of modern architecture, Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was born in Kuortane, Finland. During a long and prolific career, Aalto designed buildings for almost all key public institutions, as well as standardized housing and private homes, leaving a legacy of lasting resonance.

Aalto’s architecture is distinctively Finnish, strongly individual, and marked by a warm humanity. His buildings derive their aesthetic character from their dynamic relationship with their natural surroundings, their human scale, superbly executed details, unique treatment of materials, and ingenious use of lighting.

Aalto began designing furnishings as a natural extension of his architectural thinking. His first modern piece of furniture was created in 1931-32 for the tuberculosis sanatorium in Paimio, Finland. Through his innovations in form and line, Alvar Aalto’s name has also become important in the history of design. His contribution to furniture design was among his foremost achievements .

Savoy Vase (1963-1937)

Savoy Vase (1963-1937)

Villa Mairea in Noormarkku, Finland, Opened in 1939

Villa Mairea in Noormarkku, Finland, Opened in 1939

Villa Mairea, Interior

Villa Mairea, Interior

Finlandia Hall, Helsinki (1971)  Photo by: Rune Snellman

Finlandia Hall, Helsinki (1971)

Photo by: Rune Snellman

In front the studio wing, The Aalto House (1936)  Photo by: Maija Holma

In front the studio wing, The Aalto House (1936)

Photo by: Maija Holma

Main entrance, The Aalto House (1936)  Photo by: Maija Holma

Main entrance, The Aalto House (1936)

Photo by: Maija Holma

From living room to the studio, The Aalto House (1936)  Photo by: Maija Holma

From living room to the studio, The Aalto House (1936)

Photo by: Maija Holma

Stacking Stools-model 60 (1932-1933)

Stacking Stools-model 60 (1932-1933)

Maison Louis Carré (1956-59, 1961-63)  Photo by: Addison Goedel

Maison Louis Carré (1956-59, 1961-63)

Photo by: Addison Goedel

Cross of the Plains Church (1957) and Parish Centre (1965)  Photo by: Maija Holma

Cross of the Plains Church (1957) and Parish Centre (1965)

Photo by: Maija Holma

Cultural Center Wolfsburg (1958-62)

Cultural Center Wolfsburg (1958-62)

Paimio Chair (1931-32)

Paimio Chair (1931-32)

Alvar Aalto Studio, Helsinki, Finland (1955)  Photo by: Pieter Lozie Photography

Alvar Aalto Studio, Helsinki, Finland (1955)

Photo by: Pieter Lozie Photography

Church of the Three Crosses, Vuoksenniska, Imatra, Finland, Section model. (1955-58)

Church of the Three Crosses, Vuoksenniska, Imatra, Finland, Section model. (1955-58)

Tea Trolley (1936)

Tea Trolley (1936)

Source: https://www.alvaraalto.fi/en/works/archite...