DESIGNER | Alvar Aalto

DESIGNER | Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) is a recognised master of modern architecture and design. Born in Kuortane, Finland, Aalto began to make his distinct mark in design shortly after receiving his architectural degree from Helsinki Polytechnic in 1921. In 1924, Aalto married fellow architect Aino Marsio, creating a lifelong partnership that built an international design legacy.

During his remarkable career, Aalto designed major public institutions including concert halls, museums, universities, libraries as well as private homes throughout the world. Aalto’s furniture and houseware designs derived organically from his architectural work.

Aalto’s unique aesthetic helped to define Finnish design as well as introduce it to a global audience. Aalto hallmarks include a harmonious relationship with nature, functionalism combined with beauty, excellent attention to details and an ingenious use of materials. Aalto’s designs were already being exhibited internationally as early as the 1930s, including at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. When Aalto premiered his “Savoy Vase” at the 1930 New York World’s Fair, it instantly caused a sensation with its dynamic wavy design that was as alive and fluid as the Finnish lakes that inspired it. The legendary vase is one of the world’s most famous glass objects and remains a timeless staple for Iittala.

iittala | aalto bowl | clear
iittala | aalto bowl | cranberry
iittala | aalto bowl | grey
iittala | aalto bowl | linen
iittala | aalto bowl | white 38cm
iittala | aalto collection vase | clear - DC
iittala | aalto collection vase | dark grey - DC
iittala | aalto finlandia vase | clear
iittala | aalto finlandia vase | copper
iittala | aalto finlandia vase | dark grey 25cm
iittala | aalto finlandia vase | moss
iittala | aalto finlandia vase | ultramarine blue - DC
iittala | aalto finlandia vase | white
iittala | aalto savoy vase | linen 16cm
iittala | aalto savoy vase | clear 16cm
iittala | aalto savoy vase | clear 9.5cm
iittala | aalto savoy vase | copper 16cm
iittala | aalto savoy vase | cranberry 16cm
iittala | aalto savoy vase | grey 16cm
iittala | aalto savoy vase | moss green 16cm
iittala | aalto savoy vase | salmon pink 16cm
iittala | aalto savoy vase | ultramarine blue 16cm - DC
iittala | aalto savoy vase | white 16cm
iittala | aalto savoy vase | white 9.5cm
iittala | aalto vase | copper 22cm
iittala | aalto vase | copper 27cm
iittala | aalto vase | cranberry 22cm - DC
iittala | aalto vase | grey 22cm
iittala | aalto vase | linen 22cm - DC
iittala | aalto vase | moss 22cm
iittala | aalto vase | ultramarine blue 22cm - DC
iittala | aalto vase | white 22cm
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