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Alvar Aalto 1898-1976

Alvar Aalto 1898-1976

“The main thing is to refine materials in a more human direction.”

A revered name in Finland, and an icon of Scandinavian design, Alvar Aalto is synonymous with a more 'humanistic' brand of modernism, characterized by organic forms and material warmthan esthetic preference which stands in stark contrast to Le Corbusier's rectilinear, glass-and-steel ethos.

While Aalto's architectural style falls within the overall cannon of Scandinavian Modernism, his preference for undulating shapes and tactile surfaces spawned a body of architectural work entirely distinct from his contemporaries. Like Charles and Ray Eames across the Atlantic, Aalto's groundbreaking experiments with bent plywood expanded the boundaries of what was thought possible with the material, and became a hallmark of both his buildings and his furniture.

In 1935, Aalto and his wife Aino founded Artek, a design and manufacturing studio through which his experiments with bent plywood could be exactingly realized. Artek remains the sole manufacturer of Aalto furniture, and one of his many lasting legacies. Aalto's interest in materials extended beyond woodexemplified by his Aalto Vase, a gently rhythmic, instantly recognizable form, rumored to have been inspired by the shape of a woman's blouse. Fitting for a man whose name translates to the Finnish word for 'wave,' Alvar Alto, it seems, could never stray far from his beloved curves.

26 Armchair by Artek
Artek 26 Armchair $791.00
68 Dining / Side Chair by Artek
Artek 68 Dining / Side Chair from $622.00
82A Table by Artek
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86A Table by Artek
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907B Table by Artek
Artek 907B Table from $1,875.00
90A Table by Artek
Artek 90A Table from $1,209.00

90B Table by Artek
Artek 90B Table from $765.00
90C Table by Artek
Artek 90C Table from $678.00
90D Table by Artek
Artek 90D Table from $578.00

915 Side Table by Artek
Artek 915 Side Table $1,061.00
Aalto 10.25 Inch Vase by Iittala
Iittala Aalto 10.25 Inch Vase from $190.00
Aalto 20 Inch Bowl by Iittala
Iittala Aalto 20 Inch Bowl $120.00

Aalto 3 Inch Bowl by Iittala
Iittala Aalto 3 Inch Bowl $50.00
Aalto 3.75 Inch Vase by Iittala
Iittala Aalto 3.75 Inch Vase from $80.00
Aalto 4.75 Inch Vase by Iittala
Iittala Aalto 4.75 Inch Vase from $120.00

Aalto 6.25 Inch Vase by Iittala
Iittala Aalto 6.25 Inch Vase from $180.00
Aalto 8.75 Inch Vase by Iittala
Iittala Aalto 8.75 Inch Vase $175.00
Aalto Bowl by Iittala
Iittala Aalto Bowl from $125.00

Aalto Finlandia Vase by Iittala
Iittala Aalto Finlandia Vase from $190.00
Armchair 400 by Artek
Artek Armchair 400 from $5,222.00
Armchair 400 with Black Armrests by Artek
Artek Armchair 400 with Black Armrests from $5,504.00

Armchair 401 by Artek
Artek Armchair 401 from $2,978.00
Armchair 401 by Hella Jongerius by Artek
Artek Armchair 401 by Hella Jongerius $3,574.00
Armchair 402 by Artek
Artek Armchair 402 from $2,626.00

Armchair 402 with Black Armrests by Artek
Artek Armchair 402 with Black Armrests $2,809.00
Beehive A331 Pendant by Artek
Artek Beehive A331 Pendant $1,500.00
Bench 153A by Artek
Artek Bench 153A from $696.00

Bench 153B by Artek
Artek Bench 153B from $535.00
Chair 41 by Artek
Artek Chair 41 $4,300.00
Chair 42 by Artek
Artek Chair 42 $2,774.00

Chair 66 by Artek
Artek Chair 66 from $452.00
Chair 69 by Artek
Artek Chair 69 from $452.00
Children's Chair N65 by Artek
Artek Children's Chair N65 $422.00

Children's Stool NE60 by Artek
Artek Children's Stool NE60 $309.00
Extension Table 97 by Artek
Artek Extension Table 97 from $3,135.00
Extension Table H92 by Artek
Artek Extension Table H92 $7,391.00

Extension Table H94 by Artek
Artek Extension Table H94 $11,057.00
Golden Bell Savoy A330S Pendant by Artek
Artek Golden Bell Savoy A330S Pendant $550.00
Golden Light A330S Pendant by Artek
Artek Golden Light A330S Pendant from $470.00

Hand Grenade A110 Pendant by Artek
Artek Hand Grenade A110 Pendant $470.00
High Stool 64 Bar Height by Artek
Artek High Stool 64 Bar Height from $674.00
High Stool 64 Counter Height by Artek
Artek High Stool 64 Counter Height from $674.00

K65 High Chair by Artek
Artek K65 High Chair from $543.00
Live Nightstand with Drawer by Sentient
Sentient Live Nightstand with Drawer $1,450.00
Nesting Tables 88 by Artek
Artek Nesting Tables 88 $1,813.00

Screen 100 by Artek
Artek Screen 100 $2,496.00
Stool 60 by Artek
Artek Stool 60 from $274.00
Stool E60 by Artek
Artek Stool E60 from $309.00