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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.

82A Table
Artek 82A Table from $1,810.00
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86A Table
Artek 86A Table from $4,235.00
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907B Table
Artek 907B Table from $1,630.00
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90A Table
Artek 90A Table from $1,210.00
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90B Table
Artek 90B Table from $765.00
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90C Table
Artek 90C Table from $680.00
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90D Table
Artek 90D Table from $580.00
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915 Side Table
Artek 915 Side Table $1,060.00
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A110 Pendant Light
Artek A110 Pendant Light $470.00
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A330S Pendant Light
Artek A330S Pendant Light from $470.00
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A331 Pendant Light
Artek A331 Pendant Light $1,495.00
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Aalto Finlandia Vase 10
Iittala Aalto Finlandia Vase 10 from $185.00
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Aalto Finlandia Vase 8
Iittala Aalto Finlandia Vase 8 from $165.00
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Aalto Vase (Set of 2)
Iittala Aalto Vase (Set of 2) $175.00
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Aalto Vase 10.25
Iittala Aalto Vase 10.25 $195.00
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Aalto Vase 4.75
Iittala Aalto Vase 4.75 from $115.00
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Aalto Vase 6.25
Iittala Aalto Vase 6.25 from $175.00
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Armchair 400
Artek Armchair 400 from $5,220.00
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Armchair 400 with Black Armrests
Artek Armchair 400 with Black Armrests from $5,505.00
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Armchair 401
Artek Armchair 401 from $2,980.00
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Armchair 401 by Hella Jongerius
Artek Armchair 401 by Hella Jongerius $3,575.00
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Armchair 402
Artek Armchair 402 from $2,625.00
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Armchair 402 with Black Armrests
Artek Armchair 402 with Black Armrests $2,760.00
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Bench 153
Artek Bench 153 from $535.00
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Chair 41
Artek Chair 41 $4,300.00
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Chair 42
Artek Chair 42 $2,775.00
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Chair 66
Artek Chair 66 from $455.00
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Chair 69
Artek Chair 69 from $430.00
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Children's Chair N65
Artek Children's Chair N65 from $420.00
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Children's Stool NE60
Artek Children's Stool NE60 $310.00
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Extension Table 97
Artek Extension Table 97 from $3,135.00
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Extension Table H92
Artek Extension Table H92 $7,390.00
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Extension Table H94
Artek Extension Table H94 $11,055.00
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K65 High Chair with Colored Frame
Artek K65 High Chair with Colored Frame $600.00
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K65 High Chair with Natural Lacquered Frame
Artek K65 High Chair with Natural Lacquered Frame $545.00
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Nesting Tables 88
Artek Nesting Tables 88 $1,815.00
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