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.

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Authentic Bench 153A in Birch with Black Lacquer b...
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 constructi...
Two Pair of Alvar Aalto Vintage Fan Leg Nesting Stools or End Tables

By Alvar Aalto
Two Pair of Alvar Aalto Vintage Fan Leg Nesting St...
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Set of four tables which can be stacked.
Alvar Aalto Model 45 Armchair, Artek Finland

By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Alvar Aalto Model 45 Armchair, Artek Finland
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Vintage 1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs
Linen, Cane, Birch
Alvar Aalto first designed the model 45 armchair in 1929 featuring tightly woven cane around the arms with woven linen on seating and backrests. Iconic bent birch framing. This pair pro...
Alva Alato Desk Writing Table Red Lacquer Table Top, 1930

By Alvar Aalto
Alva Alato Desk Writing Table Red Lacquer Table To...
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1930s Finnish Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Birch, Bentwood
Very early desk, writing table by Alva Aalto, circa 1930, red lacquer tabletop, birch, bentwood, table size 182 cm x 90 cm x 72 cm.
Room Screen by Alvar Aalto

By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Room Screen by Alvar Aalto
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Home Accents
Pine
A room screen constructed from slats of clear honey-toned Finnish pine joined by unseen cables, allowing it to be positioned in a variety of positions.
Authentic High Chair K65 in Birch with Linoleum Se...
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, uno...
Authentic High Chair K65 in Birch with Laminate Se...
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, uno...
Authentic Stool 60 in Birch with Black Lacquer by ...
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 a g...
Authentic Stool 60 in Lacquered Birch with Laminat...
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 a g...
Authentic Stool E60 in Lacquered Birch with Linole...
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 the r...
Authentic High Chair K65 in Birch with Black Lacqu...
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, uno...
Authentic Pendant Light A110 "Hand Grenade" in Bla...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and P...
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 at...
Authentic Pendant Light A330S "Golden Bell" Coated...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and P...
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 pa...
Authentic Bench 153A in Birch by Alvar Aalto & Art...
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 constructio...
Authentic Pendant Light A330S "Golden Bell" in Chr...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and P...
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 pa...
Authentic Pendant Light A331 "Beehive" in White wi...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and P...
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’s s...
Authentic High Stool 64 Bar Stool in Black by Alva...
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 also f...
Gorgeous Alvar Aalto Tea Trolley Bar Cart Mid-Century Modern
Gorgeous Alvar Aalto Tea Trolley Bar Cart Mid-Cent...
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 basket...
Set of Six Alvar Aalto #46 Armchairs by Artek

By Alvar Aalto
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.
Alvar Aalto Children's Table and Chairs

By Alvar Aalto
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. ...
Authentic High Chair K65 in Lacquered Birch by Alv...
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, uno...
Authentic Stool 60 in Birch by Alvar Aalto & Artek

By Alvar Aalto, Artek
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 a g...
Authentic Chair 69 in Birch with White Lacquer by ...
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 exudes ...
Authentic Chair 69 in Birch by Alvar Aalto & Artek

By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Authentic Chair 69 in Birch by Alvar Aalto & Artek...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
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 exudes ...
Authentic Pendant Light A331 "Beehive" in White wi...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and P...
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’s ...
Authentic High Stool 64 Counter Stool in Black by ...
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 also f...
Authentic Pendant Light A110 "Hand Grenade" in Whi...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and P...
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 at...
Alvar Aalto Cantilever Chair, Model 31

By Alvar Aalto
Alvar Aalto Cantilever Chair, Model 31
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs
Birch
Alvar Aalto cantilever chair, model 31. A very rare 1st edition model 31 lounge chair by Alvar Aalto in birch plywood with a floating back silhouette. Museum quality. Finland, circa 1...
Authentic Chair 66 in Lacquered Birch with Linoleu...
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 wid...
Authentic Stool 60 in Lacquered Birch with Linoleu...
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 a g...
Authentic Chair 69 in Lacquered Birch with Laminat...
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 exudes ...
Alvar Aalto, Pair of Side Chairs, Model 66, 1933

By Alvar Aalto
Alvar Aalto, Pair of Side Chairs, Model 66, 1933
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1930s Finnish Modern Dining Room Chairs
Alvar Aalto Artek (manufacturer), Finland Chair Model 66, 1933 (pair) Birch and birch laminated plywood, Original Finmar plastic label and Bowman Bros stamps to undersides. Imp...
Alvar Aalto, Artek X-Leg/Fan Leg Bench, 1954

By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Alvar Aalto, Artek X-Leg/Fan Leg Bench, 1954
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Benches
Birch
Rare. Alvar Aalto, X-leg or fan leg bench, Artek, 1954 Artek, Finland, 1954, birch, leather MKeasures: 23.75 W × 23.75 D × 16.5 H in (60 × 60 × 42 cm) Literature: Alvar Aalto: De...
Authentic Pendant Light A330S "Golden Bell" in Whi...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and P...
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 pa...
Authentic Pendant Light A330S "Golden Bell" in Bla...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and P...
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 pa...
Authentic Chair 66 in Birch with Black Lacquer by ...
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 wid...
Authentic Stool E60 in Lacquered Birch with Lamina...
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 the r...
Alvar Aalto Model A805 Angel Wing Floor Lamp

By Alvar Aalto, Valaisinpaja Oy
Alvar Aalto Model A805 Angel Wing Floor Lamp
Alvar Aalto, Valaisinpaja Oy
20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps
Metal, Brass, Leather
Late 20th century floor lamp Angel Wing, model A805, originally designed by Alvar Aalto in 1954 and later manufactured by Valaisinpaja Oy, Finland. White louvered metal shade. Shaft and...
Dining Set by Alvar Aalto for Artek

By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Dining Set by Alvar Aalto for Artek
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Sets
Faux Leather, Birch
Iconic dining set from Finnish designer and architect Alvar Aalto. De set consists of a table (model 82A) and six chairs (model 69) with vinyl upholstery. All original from first owner....
Authentic Stool E60 in Birch with Black Lacquer by...
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 the r...
Alvar Aalto Dining Table

By Alvar Aalto
Alvar Aalto Dining Table
Alvar Aalto
20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Wood
Round with one leaf Model H99 dining table table measures 50" by 50" without the leaf and 72" by 50" with the leaf.
Alvar Aalto A331 Behive Pendant Light

By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Alvar Aalto A331 Behive Pendant Light
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Vintage 1950s Finnish Chandeliers and Pendants
Metal
This is a little used newer Artek produced A331 beehive ceiling light. The lamp was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1953. The pendant cord was cut and spliced back together on this. There is...
Alvar Aalto Hallway Chair Model No.403 by Finmar

By Alvar Aalto, Finmar
Alvar Aalto Hallway Chair Model No.403 by Finmar
Alvar Aalto, Finmar
Vintage 1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
Birch, Plywood
An early and exceptionally rare Alvar Aalto Hallway chair, which was originally designed for the Paimio Sanitorium. The chair bears to the verso an original Finmar label.
Alvar Alto's Renown Scandinavian Modern Pine Screen for Artek

By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Alvar Alto's Renown Scandinavian Modern Pine Scree...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Home Accents
Pine
This folding screen was manufactured for Artek in Helsinki, model no. 100, and designed by Alvar Alto. Made of massive pine slats, held together by four iron cables. The groove of the f...
Ceiling Light Model a 335 Designed by Alvar Aalto ...
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Metal, Brass
Ceiling light model A 335 designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaja Oy, Finland, 1952. Brass and lacquered metal. Height of the shade: 40 cm/ 15 3/4" Total height: 65 cm/ 25 1/2...
Set of Eight Alvar Aalto Dining Chairs

By Alvar Aalto
Set of Eight Alvar Aalto Dining Chairs
Alvar Aalto
20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Linen, Wood
Eight model 611 chairs in birch with linen webbing by Alvar Aalto, Finland.  
Authentic Chair 66 in Birch by Alvar Aalto & Artek

By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Authentic Chair 66 in Birch by Alvar Aalto & Artek...
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 wid...
Alvar Aalto Magazine Shelf for Artek, Blond Wood, Finland, 1950s
Alvar Aalto Magazine Shelf for Artek, Blond Wood, ...
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 alone o...
Early Finmar Production Alvar Aalto 403 “Hallway” Chair

By Alvar Aalto, Finmar
Early Finmar Production Alvar Aalto 403 “Hallway” ...
Alvar Aalto, Finmar
Vintage 1940s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Birch, Plywood
An early production of one of Aalto’s classic designs. A classic piece of Scandinavian modernism, the Hallway chair was originally made for the Paimio Sanitorium. Bent ply seating rests...
Authentic Chair 69 in Birch with Black Lacquer by ...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chairs
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 exudes ...
Early Production Alvar Aalto Side Table by Finmar ...
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Side Tables
Birch
Designed in the 1930s and produced into the 1940s is this series 70 Alvar Aalto side table. Constructed of laminated birch with bent wood legs from Aalto's early design career. Great pa...
Beautiful Stool Designed by Finnish Architect Alvar Aalto
Beautiful Stool Designed by Finnish Architect Alva...
Alvar Aalto
Late 20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Stools
Wood
Beautiful and well-worn stool designed by Alvar Aalto. ICF tag.
Floor Lamp by Alvar Aalto, Artek Editions, Finland, circa 1953

By Alvar Aalto
Floor Lamp by Alvar Aalto, Artek Editions, Finland...
Alvar Aalto
Vintage 1950s Finnish Floor Lamps
White enameled metal, vented roughly conical shade on a black leather sleeved brass shaft, impressed with maker’s mark; from Aalto’s (1898-1976) “Angel Wing” series, model A805. Literat...
Alvar Aalto Early Edition Cantilevered Armchair in Original Zebra Hide, 1930s

By Alvar Aalto, Huonekalu-Ja Rakennustyötedas Oy
Alvar Aalto Early Edition Cantilevered Armchair in...
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, Finland) ...
Alvar Aalto Dining or Game Table and Chairs

By Alvar Aalto, Artek
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.
Early Alvar Aalto, Floor Lamp, Model A808, by Valaistustyö Ky, 1950s

By Alvar Aalto, Valaistustyö
Early Alvar Aalto, Floor Lamp, Model A808, by Vala...
Alvar Aalto, Valaistustyö
Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps
Metal, Brass, Leather
Alvar Aalto floor lamp, Model A808, an early version, Finland, 1950s. Manufactured by Valaistustyö Ky, Finland. Model originally designed the National Pensions Institute. Br...
Alvar Aalto First Edition Wood Stool for Finmar, circa 1930
Alvar Aalto First Edition Wood Stool for Finmar, c...
Alvar Aalto, Finmar
Vintage 1930s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Stools
Wood
Stool designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1930. Manufactured by Artek (Finland) Distributed by Finmar (England). Wood legs and structure. Labelled to the underside. This wood stool is desig...
Alvar Aalto, Pinewood Screen, Model 100, circa 1940s

By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Alvar Aalto, Pinewood Screen, Model 100, circa 194...
Alvar Aalto, Artek
Vintage 1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Home Accents
Pine
Alvar Aalto. Screen, model nr. 100. Artek. Finland, 1935-1936. Pinewood, metal wire. Height circa 150 cm, width circa 200 cm. Screen or room divider, model nr. 100. Original...