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A331 "Beehive" pendant lamp

By Artek


  • Description

    The A331 ceiling lamp, also known as the Beehive, is one of Aalto's classics. For Alvar Aalto, lighting design and architecture went together. Most Aalto's lamps are part of a larger architectural plan. In Aalto's lighting we can find the same principles as in his architecture. When planning rooms, a big attention was put on where windows had to be placed and on light illuminating the room. In the Beehive lamp, we can clearly see a reference to this characteristic of Aalto's architecture. The lamp has a structure which allows the light to be diffused through the brass elements that join the aluminium sheets. Thanks to the brass, the light gets the right warm shade. It was very important for Aalto that the lamp's light is warm and that's why he used brass.

  • Technical Info

    White or black painted aluminium.
    Polished brass rings or polished chromed rings.
    Light fixture plug.

    Dimensions: H:30 xØ 33 cm
    Ceiling rose: H:6 x Ø10 cm

    White plastic cable.

    15W, E27 (compact fluorescent)
    75W, E27 (incandescent)

  • Designer
    Alvar Aalto

    Undoubtedly the most celebrated and influential genius of Scandinavian design, Aalto's (1898-1976) work stretches from furniture to architecture and city planning, from art glass to light fittings. His most famous buildings include the Paimio hospital in Finland, the Viipuri library in todays Russia, the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki and the Essen Opera House in Germany.

    Aalto was strongly influenced by the organic shapes of Finnish nature and both his world famous Savoy vase, his folding screen and the Paimio chair share their curving shapes with many of his buildings. Aalto was a great innovator of new manufacturing techniques for wooden furniture, a material he always preferred before steel because of its more humane character. His experiments with the bending of wood resulted in a series of unique and best selling furniture designs, most of them still in production by Artek, the company Aalto co-founded in 1935. His career lasted for six decades, from the 1920s to the 1970s.

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    • Black/brass
    • White/brass
    • White/chrome

  • Delivery

    2-4 weeks
    Made to order item

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