Furniture Design

Aalto, Alvar (1898 - 1976)

The Finnish designer and architect was a fervent devotee to functionalism and organic lines. Dissociating himself from his rationalist contemporaries, he rejected steel and glass and conceived buildings that blended with harmony, in the natural environment. His objects and furniture also follow this quintessential relationship between man and nature and feature fluid and rhythmic shapes. 'The ultimate goal of the architect...is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of architecture... should be a fruit of our endeavour to build an earthly paradise for people.'

Aino and Alvar Aalto during a journey in mainland Europe, in early 1930
Aino and Alvar Aalto during a journey in mainland Europe, in early 1930
Alvar Aalto at work in the 1940s
Alvar Aalto at work in the 1940s
Alvar Aalto
Alvar Aalto
Alvar Aalton photographed by Aino Aalto in a Swiss café furnished with its chairs, Ascona, 1935
Alvar Aalton photographed by Aino Aalto in a Swiss café furnished with its chairs, Ascona, 1935
Alvar and Elissa Aalto in the 1950s
Alvar and Elissa Aalto in the 1950s
Chair, 1938
Chair, 1938
Paimio paded chair, 1933
Paimio paded chair, 1933
Restaurant chair, 1954
Restaurant chair, 1954
Chaise longue, 1937-1947
Chaise longue, 1937-1947
Glass object, sketch, ca 1930
Glass object, sketch, ca 1930
Sketch for the furniture's leg in Y, 1946
Sketch for the furniture's leg in Y, 1946
Ceiling light fitting's drawing, 1955
Ceiling light fitting's drawing, 1955
Drawing presented by Alvar Aalto at the Thonet Mundus contest, 1929
Drawing presented by Alvar Aalto at the Thonet Mundus contest, 1929
Artek chairs drawings, n°41 et 42
Artek chairs drawings, n°41 et 42
Low-back chair in overhang, 1932
Low-back chair in overhang, 1932
Chair in overhang, 1936
Chair in overhang, 1936
Männistö's church, in Kuopio, designed by Juha Leiviskä, 1986-1992, included Aalto's furnitures (Artek serie)
Männistö's church, in Kuopio, designed by Juha Leiviskä, 1986-1992, included Aalto's furnitures (Artek serie)
Ruche Lamp, Artek n°A336, 1953
Ruche Lamp, Artek n°A336, 1953
Desk furnitures for the Cooperative Bank of West Finland's desks, 1928
Desk furnitures for the Cooperative Bank of West Finland's desks, 1928
Pressed down jug, designed by Aino Aalto in 1935-1936, presented to the Triennale of Milan, 1936
Pressed down jug, designed by Aino Aalto in 1935-1936, presented to the Triennale of Milan, 1936
Rounded cupboard in birch, after 1935
Rounded cupboard in birch, after 1935
Poetry room, Lamond Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, 1948
Poetry room, Lamond Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, 1948
STOOL E60, 1933
STOOL E60, 1933
X leg's table, 1954
X leg's table, 1954
Trolley, 1937
Trolley, 1937
Table, 1933
Table, 1933
Table, 1940
Table, 1940
Vase Savoy, 1936
Vase Savoy, 1936
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