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Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto (Finland, 1898-1976)

An architect and designer, Alvar Aalto deserves an immense share of the credit for bringing Scandinavian modernism to a prominent place in the global arena. In both his buildings and in his furnishings — which range from chairs, tables and lighting to table- and glassware — Aalto’s sensitivity to the natural world and to organic forms and materials tempered the hardness of rationalist design.

     Relatively few Aalto buildings exist outside Finland. (Just four exist in the United States, and only one — the sinuous 1945 Baker House dormitory at M.I.T. — is easily visited.) International attention came to Aalto, whose surname translates to English as “wave,” primarily through his furniture.

     Instead of the tubular metal framing favored by the Bauhaus designers and Le Corbusier, Aalto insisted on wood. His aesthetic is best represented by the “Paimio chair,” developed in 1930 as part of his overall design of a Finnish tuberculosis sanatorium. Comfortable, yet light enough to be easily moved by patients, the chair’s frame is composed of two laminated birch loops; the seat and back are formed from a single sheet of plywood that scrolls under at the headrest and beneath the knees, creating a sort of pillow effect. Aalto’s use of plywood had enormous influence on Charles Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Marcel Breuer and others who later came to the material.

     Concerned with keeping up standards of quality in the production of his designs, Aalto formed the still-extant company Artek in 1935, along with his wife, Aino Aalto, whose glass designs were made by the firm. In the latter medium, in 1936 the Aaltos together created the iconic, undulating “Savoy vase,” so-called for the luxe Helsinki restaurant for which the piece was designed. Artek also produced Aalto lighting designs, many of which — such as the “Angel’s Wing” floor lamp and the “Beehive” pendant — incorporate a signature Aalto detail: shades made of concentric enameled-metal rings graduated down in diameter. The effect of the technique is essential Alvar Aalto: at once precise, simple, and somehow poetic.

Alvar Aalto Sculptural Brass Door Handles
Alvar Aalto Sculptural Brass Door Handles
Alvar Aalto
Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Architectural Elements
Brass
A collection of eight sculptural Alvar Aalto door handles. The handles are designed in the 1950s and made of solid brass. They are in excellent condition with patina.
Alvar Aalto Pair of Model 66 Chairs
Alvar Aalto Pair of Model 66 Chairs
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Vintage 1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Birch
A lovely pair of Alver Aalto's model 66 chair. Produced by Artek, distributed by ICF.
Alvar Aalto Model 65 Chair with Red Seat by Artek
Alvar Aalto Model 65 Chair with Red Seat by Artek
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Vintage 1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Birch
A diminutive chair perfect for children, the 65 chair is a Classic Aalto design with his signature bentwood legs, round seat with red top and plywood back. This vintage example has a...
Tea or Bar Cart Trolley 901 by Alvar Aalto Finland
Tea or Bar Cart Trolley 901 by Alvar Aalto Finland
Alvar Aalto
Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Modern Carts and Bar Carts
Tea or bar cart trolley 901 by Alvar Aalto, Finland. Designed by Alvar Aalto and Hella Jongerius in 1936, this tea cart brings glamour back to teatime. Beautiful birch wood provides ...
Alvar Aalto for Artek Tea Cart Model 900
Alvar Aalto for Artek Tea Cart Model 900
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Carts and Bar Carts
Ceramic, Wood
This is a rare tea trolley model 900 designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, 1940s. From the estate of the great composer Gary Geld and in good condition.
Two Pair of Alvar Aalto Vintage Fan Leg Nesting Stools or End Tables
Two Pair of Alvar Aalto Vintage Fan Leg Nesting...
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Set of four tables which can be stacked.
Alvar Aalto Magazine Shelf for Artek, Blond Wood, Finland, 1950s
Alvar Aalto Magazine Shelf for Artek, Blond Woo...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Vintage 1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Shelves
Birch
Rare floating magazine shelf in birchwood, designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek in the 1950s and no longer produced. Harmonious as if it were an extension of the wall, it can stand alon...
Authentic Chair 69 in Birch with White Lacquer by Alvar Aalto & Artek
Authentic Chair 69 in Birch with White Lacquer ...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Laminate, Birch
Chair 69 is one of Artek’s most popular chairs, a universal wooden chair in the tradition of classic kitchen and café chairs. With a broad seat and supportive backrest, Chair 69 exud...
Authentic Stool E60 in Lacquered Birch with Linoleum Seat by Alvar Aalto & Artek
Authentic Stool E60 in Lacquered Birch with Lin...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Birch
Projecting a sense of relaxed familiarity, Stool E60 is equally suited to the home, public buildings, and educational facilities. The legs are mounted directly to the underside of th...
Authentic Stool 60 in Birch with Black Lacquer ...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Birch
In the late 1920s, architect and designer Alvar Aalto began experimenting with bending wood. In collaboration with furniture manufacturer Otto Korhonen, the Finnish master developed ...
Authentic High Chair K65 in Birch with Laminate...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Birch
Combining the best elements of both a stool and a chair, Alvar Aalto's high chair K65 is perfectly proportioned for counter-height seating. The molded birch plywood backrest is low, ...
Authentic Stool 60 in Lacquered Birch with Lami...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Birch
In the late 1920s, architect and designer Alvar Aalto began experimenting with bending wood. In collaboration with furniture manufacturer Otto Korhonen, the Finnish master developed ...
Authentic Pendant Light A331 "Beehive" in White...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...
Aluminum
lvar Aalto first introduced the light A331 pendant as part of the décor of the University of Jyväskylä. Also known as Beehive, it has become one of Artek’s most popular lights. A331’...
Authentic Tea Trolley 901 in Black Birch by Alv...
Alvar Aalto, Artek, Hella Jongerius
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Carts and Bar ...
Birch
Alvar Aalto's Tea Trolleys serve as highly functional and distinctive additions to a dining room or hospitality area. Introduced at the 1937 Paris World's Fair, they are in the perma...
Authentic Bench 153A in Birch with Black Lacque...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Benches
Birch
"These solid birch benches were designed by Alvar Aalto in 1945. They are available in two sizes to easily fit in an entryway or act as a casual living room table. The sturdy constru...
Authentic High Chair K65 in Birch with Black La...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Birch
Combining the best elements of both a stool and a chair, Alvar Aalto's high chair K65 is perfectly proportioned for counter-height seating. The molded birch plywood backrest is low, ...
Authentic Pendant Light A110 "Hand Grenade" in ...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...
Steel
The A110 pendant lamp was designed by Alvar Aalto for the building of the Finnish Engineers' Association. The lamp's beauty is based on its shape which is extremely simple and unique...
Authentic Pendant Light A330S "Golden Bell" in ...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...
Steel, Chrome
Alvar and Aino Aalto were commissioned to design the interior of the Savoy Restaurant in Helsinki in 1936. Made from a single piece of brass, the Golden Bell was custom-designed as a...
Authentic Pendant Light A330S "Golden Bell" Coa...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...
Brass
Alvar and Aino Aalto were commissioned to design the interior of the Savoy Restaurant in Helsinki in 1936. Made from a single piece of brass, the Golden Bell was custom-designed as a...
Authentic Pendant Light A330S "Golden Bell" in ...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...
Steel
Alvar and Aino Aalto were commissioned to design the interior of the Savoy Restaurant in Helsinki in 1936. Made from a single piece of brass, the Golden Bell was custom-designed as a...
Authentic Pendant Light A330S "Golden Bell" in ...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...
Steel
Alvar and Aino Aalto were commissioned to design the interior of the Savoy Restaurant in Helsinki in 1936. Made from a single piece of brass, the Golden Bell was custom-designed as a...
Authentic Pendant Light A330S "Golden Bell Savo...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...
Brass
Alvar and Aino Aalto were commissioned to design the interior of the Savoy Restaurant in Helsinki in 1936. Made from a single piece of brass, the Golden Bell was custom-designed as a...
Authentic Pendant Light A331 "Beehive" in White...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...
Aluminum
Alvar Aalto first introduced the light A331 pendant as part of the décor of the University of Jyväskylä. Also known as Beehive, it has become one of Artek’s most popular lights. A331...
Alvar Aalto Chair 69 Artek Finsven, Sweden, 1940s
Alvar Aalto, Finsven
Vintage 1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Chair 69 designed by Alvar Aalto. Produced by Artek Finsven. All original with nice age appropriate patina. Stamped under the seat, Sweden, 1940s.
Made in Denmark Occasional Table Teak and Plywood
Alvar Aalto
Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Side Tables
Teak, Plywood
Denmark, Circa 1950 Plywood Table, teak, signed 17.,75 tall, 18" square top. 21" where legs protrude. A lovely plywood and teak table from Denmark with the old branded danish mark ...
Alvar Aalto Dining Table and Four Chairs
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Wood
Dining table and chairs designed by Alvar Aalto, Table 75 cm D x 121 cm W x 71 cm H Chair 44 cm D x 39 cm W x 77 cm H In good original condition, with minor wear consistent w...
Alvar Aalto Stool for Artek, circa 1950
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Vintage 1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Stools
Wood
Stool designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1960. Manufactured by Artek (Finland.) Wood legs and structure. In great original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, pr...
Gorgeous Alvar Aalto Tea Trolley Bar Cart Mid-C...
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts
Ceramic, Birch
Gorgeous vintage Alvar Aalto Tea trolley in very nice original condition. Tea Trolley 900 features a natural lacquer birch frame with white ceramic tiles, white wheels and rattan bas...
Alvar Aalto Birch Stool Model 60 by Artek
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Vintage 1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Laminate, Birch
Honey colored (due to age) birch iconic stool model 60 with a white laminated top by Finnish designer and architect Alvar Aalto, made in Finland in the 1980s by Artek. Stool model 6...
Beautiful Stool Designed by Finnish Architect A...
Alvar Aalto
Late 20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Stools
Wood
Beautiful and well-worn stool designed by Alvar Aalto. ICF tag.
Authentic Chair 69 in Lacquered Birch with Lami...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Laminate, Birch
Chair 69 is one of Artek’s most popular chairs, a universal wooden chair in the tradition of classic kitchen and café chairs. With a broad seat and supportive backrest, Chair 69 exud...
Authentic Stool 60 in Birch by Alvar Aalto & Artek
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Birch
In the late 1920s, architect and designer Alvar Aalto began experimenting with bending wood. In collaboration with furniture manufacturer Otto Korhonen, the Finnish master developed ...
Authentic Stool E60 in Birch with Black Lacquer...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Birch
Projecting a sense of relaxed familiarity, Stool E60 is equally suited to the home, public buildings, and educational facilities. The legs are mounted directly to the underside of th...
Authentic Bench 153A in Birch by Alvar Aalto & ...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Benches
Birch
These solid birch benches were designed by Alvar Aalto in 1945. They are available in two sizes to easily fit in an entryway or act as a casual living room table. The sturdy construc...
Authentic Pendant Light A110 "Hand Grenade" in ...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...
Steel
The A110 Pendant lamp was designed by Alvar Aalto for the building of the Finnish Engineers' Association. The lamp's beauty is based on its shape which is extremely simple and unique...
Authentic High Stool 64 Counter Stool in Black ...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Birch
Taller in stature, this stool features a natural birch frame and can come accented by a laminate or linoleum seat surface. Perfect for high top tables and bar counters, the stool als...
Alvar Aalto A330s 'Golden Bell' Black Pendant L...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...
Brass
Alvar Aalto A330S 'Golden Bell' black pendant light for Artek. Designed in 1937, this iconic lamp has since remained in near constant production by its original manufacturer, Artek o...
Alvar Aalto A330S 'Golden Bell' Brass Pendant L...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers an...
Brass
Alvar Aalto A330S 'Golden Bell' Brass Pendant Light for Artek. Designed in 1937, this iconic lamp has since remained in near constant production by its original manufacturer, Artek o...
Alvar Aalto Dining or Game Table and Chairs
Alvar Aalto, Artek
20th Century Finnish Dining Room Sets
Upholstery, Birch
Alvar Aalto "Fan Leg" birchwood dining or game table and chairs manufactured by Artek of Finland.
Alvar Aalto Early Edition Cantilevered Armchair...
Alvar Aalto, Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy
Vintage 1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs
Zebra Hide, Birch, Plywood
Early edition cantilevered armchair by Alvar Aalto (Finland, 1898-1976), Model no. 34/402 Designed in 1933. Manufactured by Oy Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas Ab (Turku, Finlan...
Rare Alvar Aalto Medal by Finnish Artist Eila H...
Alvar Aalto, Eila Hiltunen
Vintage 1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Sports Equipment and Memorabilia
Bronze
Rare Alvar Aalto medal by Finnish artist Eila Hiltunen, made to celebrate the inauguration of Aalto's iconic Finlandia Hall (Helsinki, Finland) in 1974 (completed between 1971-1975)....
Alvar Aalto Children's Table and Chairs
Alvar Aalto
Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Sets
Birch
Table and two chairs designed by Alvar Aalto for a child for Artek Finland. His classic bent plywood set. White laminate table top on birchwood. Children's seats are blue and yellow....
Alvar Aalto Cased White Glass Centerpiece Bowl
Alvar Aalto
Mid-20th Century Finnish Modern Decorative Bowls
Glass
A rare Alvar Aalto organic model #9767 glass dish. Aalto designed the decorative centerpiece for the Karhula Glassworks in Finland. The bowl is stamped Alvar Aalto to the underside. ...
Authentic High Chair K65 in Lacquered Birch by ...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Birch
Combining the best elements of both a stool and a chair, Alvar Aalto's High Chair K65 is perfectly proportioned for counter-height seating. The molded birch plywood backrest is low, ...
Authentic Stool E60 in Lacquered Birch with Lam...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Birch
Projecting a sense of relaxed familiarity, Stool E60 is equally suited to the home, public buildings, and educational facilities. The legs are mounted directly to the underside of th...
Authentic High Chair K65 in Birch with Linoleum...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Birch
Combining the best elements of both a stool and a chair, Alvar Aalto's high chair K65 is perfectly proportioned for counter-height seating. The molded birch plywood backrest is low, ...
Authentic Stool 60 in Lacquered Birch with Lino...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Birch
In the late 1920s, architect and designer Alvar Aalto began experimenting with bending wood. In collaboration with furniture manufacturer Otto Korhonen, the Finnish master developed ...
Authentic Chair 66 in Birch with Black Lacquer ...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Birch
Chair 66 is a universal wooden chair in the tradition of classic kitchen and café chairs; it's visible, additive construction logic is full of character and pleasing to the eye. The ...
Authentic Chair 66 in Lacquered Birch with Lino...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Birch
Chair 66 is a universal wooden chair in the tradition of classic kitchen and café chairs; it's visible, additive construction logic is full of character and pleasing to the eye. The ...
Authentic High Stool 64 Bar Stool in Black by A...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Stools
Birch
Taller in stature, this stool features a natural birch frame and can come accented by a laminate or linoleum seat surface. Perfect for high top tables and bar counters, the stool als...
Alvar Aalto 'Hand Grenade' Pendant A110
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Desks
Brass
A single Model A110 pendant also known as the 'Hand Grenade' lamp by Alvar Aalto. Designed in 1952, the lamp is stamped Valaistusyö and with the model number A110. The shade is mad...
1960s Authentic Alvar Aalto Beech Three-Legged ...
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Stools
Beech
Alvar Aalto set of three Model 60 three-legged stacking stools. Originally designed in 1933. Beechwood, made in Finland. Some signs of age and use on the wood. Minor scuffs. Sold at ...
Set of Six Alvar Aalto #46 Armchairs by Artek
Alvar Aalto
Mid-20th Century Finnish International Style Chairs
Birch
A set of six armchairs in Baltic birch, grey leather and rattan. Original manufacturers (Artek) finish. Only one previous owner.
Artek Tea Trolley Bar Cart in Birchwood with Wh...
Alvar Aalto, Artek, Hella Jongerius
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Carts and Bar ...
Ceramic, Rattan, Laminate, Birch
Classic Danish design for this bar cart or tea trolley. Adds warmth to any dining or living space. Perfect for holding a vase, lamp or simply bottles. Variety of finishes are availab...

Alvar Aalto Table 81B

By Alvar Aalto
Alvar Aalto Table 81B
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1930s Finnish Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Birch, Plywood
Small desk in birch plywood by Alvar Aalto, designed and made in the 1930s, it is a clear example of how Aalto obviated to the problem of connection between perpendicular elements in...
Pair of Alvar Aalto 403 Hallway Chairs by Finma...
Alvar Aalto, Finmar
20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Birch
Pair of Scandinavian Modern 403 "Hallway" chairs with solid birch armrests and plywood seats designed by Finnish designer Alvar Aalto in 1932. Produced by Finmar Ltd, labeled. Very g...
Floor Lamp by Alvar Aalto Model #A805
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps
Metal
A floor lamp model #A805 by Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaia. The base and stem have been wrapped in hand-sewn black leather with a white enameled metal shade. Nick named the Angel lamp ...
Alvar Aalto Model 402 Lounge Chair for Finmar, ...
Alvar Aalto, Finmar
Vintage 1930s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Sheepskin, Birch
Early 20th century original Alvar Aalto Model 402 lounge chair circa 1930s, this fabulous armchair is an original 402 Alvar Aalto and was produced by Finmar in Finland in 1930s, the ...
Alvar Aalto Stool for Artek, circa 1960
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Stools
Leather, Wood
Stool designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1960. Manufactured by Artek (Finland) Leather top, wood legs and structure. In great original condition, with minor wear consistent with age...
Early Tank Chair by Alvar Aalto for Artek
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs
Cowhide, Plywood
Early Tank chair with birch arms and spring construction seat and back. Reupholstered in cowhide. Made by Artek. This chair was produced between 1940 and 1955.
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