Alvar Aalto, in full Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (1898-1976), was a Finnish architect designer and town planner. He is considered one of the great masters of modern architecture.
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About his life
Aalto was born in Kourtane (1898). He entered the Helsinki Polytechnic in 1916, and became a protege of Armas Lindgren (who was partner of E. Saarinen and H. Gesellius during the formative period of Finnish National Romanticism). After graduation in 1921, he sought employment in Sweden.
What are the main features of Aalto’s Style?
Aalto’s works are marked by a warm humanity and strong individuality. His buildings derive their special aesthetic character from their dynamic relationship with their natural surroundings, their human scale, superbly executed details, unique treatment of materials and ingenious use of lighting.
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Alvar Aalto’s architecture manifests an understanding of the psychological needs of modern society, the particular qualities of the Finnish environment, and the historical, technical, and cultural traditions of Scandinavian architecture.
- 1932: Paimio Chair
- 1933: Three-legged stacking Stool 60
- 1933: Four-legged Stool E60
- 1935-6: Armchair 404 (a/k/a/ Zebra Tank Chair)
- 1939: Armchair 406
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- 1954: Floor lamp A805
- 1959: Floor lamp A810
- 1936: Aalto Vase
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