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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.

  1. Aalto Paris vase vase 22 cm

    Aalto Paris vase vase 22 cm

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  2. Aalto vase 16 cm

    Aalto vase 16 cm

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  3. Aalto Finlandia vase 25.1 cm

    Aalto Finlandia vase 25.1 cm

    By iittala

  4. Aalto bowl - 19.5 x 5 cm

    Aalto bowl - 19.5 x 5 cm

    By iittala

  5. Aalto vase 12 cm

    Aalto vase 12 cm

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    From: £89.00
  6. Aalto vase 9.5 cm

    Aalto vase 9.5 cm

    By iittala

  7. Alvar Aalto Collection Bowl 7.5cm

    Alvar Aalto Collection Bowl 7.5cm

    By iittala

    From: £34.00
  8. Aalto pot guard

    Aalto pot guard

    By iittala

  9. Aalto serving platter

    Aalto serving platter

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    From: £41.00