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Alvar Aalto Vases

Finnish, 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 vintage furniture — which ranges 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 furnishings.

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 armchair, 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 and Ray 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 pendants and other 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.

Find a collection of vintage Alvar Aalto stools, vases, dining tables and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Alvar Aalto
Vintage Hand Signed Clear 3030 Iittala Alvar Aalto Savoy Vase
By Iittala, Alvar Aalto
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Hand signed Alvar Aalto vase 3030 Savoy for Iittala made in Finland. Nice vintage condition with some scratches and a small chip at the rim.
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1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Glass

Vase Model 'Savoy 9750' by Alvar Aalto for Karhula Glassworks
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Brussels, BE
Vase model 'Savoy 9750' by Alvar Aalto for Karhula Glassworks.
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20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Vases

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Glass

Midcentury Alvar Aalto Large Green 3030 Savoy Vase in Dark Green Iittala 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Langserud, SE
The iconic Vase Savoy "3030" design by Alvar Aalto in lovely, unusual green glass for the Finnish glass manufacturer Iittala. This one is signed by hand Alvar Aalto 3030 and was made...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Glass

Vintage Hand Signed White 3030 Iittala Alvar Aalto Savoy Vase
By Iittala, Alvar Aalto
Located in Krefeld, DE
Hand signed Alvar Aalto vase 3030 Savoy for Iittala made in Finland. Nice vintage condition with some scratches at the base and three small chips at the rim.
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1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Glass

Finnish Mid-Century Modern Savoy Vase in Double White Glass by Alvar Aalto, 1936
By Alvar Aalto
Located in MIlano, IT
Finnish Mid-Century Modern savoy vase in double white glass by Alvar Aalto, 1936 Savoy vase in double glass with external layer in glossy white opal glass. Designed by Alvar Aalto ...
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1930s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Glass

Alvar Aalto Glass Bowl Savoy, circa 1970
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Langserud, SE
Glass designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1970. Made in Finland. Very good condition.  
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1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Glass

Large Vase Model 3031 “Savoy” Designed by Alvar Aalto for Iittala, Finland, 1956
By Iittala, Alvar Aalto
Located in La Teste De Buch, FR
Clear glass vase by Alvar Aalto, model 3031 also known as Savoy vase Made by Iittala in 1956 Still-blown into a wooden mould. Engraved "Alvar Aalto Iittala 56" Beautiful detail...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Blown Glass

Alvar Aalto Savoy Vintage Hand Signed Clear Glass Vase 3030
By Alvar Aalto
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A beautiful Alvar Aalto Savoy vase for Iittala, #3030. Clear glass with hand etched signature. Biomorphic design that is timeless.
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Art Glass

Tall Vase by Alvar Aalto for Iittala
By Iittala, Alvar Aalto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A tall, wide vase from Alvar Aalto’s 1930s collection of blown glass vases for Iittala of Finland. This design has four irregular lobes, a stylistic link between the restraint of the...
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1930s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Blown Glass

Alvar Aalto Savoy Vase Scandinavian Modern for Iittala
By Iittala, Alvar Aalto
Located in New York, NY
The beautiful and iconic Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto glass vase, aka as the 'Savoy' vase, created by designer Alvar Aalto, 1937, Finland. This clear vase, with original design by...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Vases

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Glass

Alvar Aalto Glass Savoy Vase and Bowls
By Iittala, Alvar Aalto
Located in Esbjerg, DK
1950s, Mid-Century Modern, blown glass 'Savoy' vase and bowls designed by Alvar, signed/marked. Measures: H. 10/4/3, W. 11/13.5/10, D. 10/11/9.
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Glass

Vintage Hand Signed Clear Glass 3030 Iittala Alvar Aalto Savoy Vase
By Alvar Aalto, Iittala
Located in Krefeld, DE
Hand signed Alvar Aalto vase 3030 Savoy for Iittala made in Finland. Nice vintage condition with some scratches at the base, no chips.
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1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Glass

Rare Early Alvar Aalto Savoy 9750 Vase
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Sharon, CT
A rare early green version of the Classic. Provenance: Estate of Mary Griggs Burke, Long Island. See "Long Island Modernism 1930-1980" by Caroline Rob Zaleski, W.W.Norton 2012.
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1940s Finnish International Style Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Glass

Vintage Hand Signed White 3030 Iittala Alvar Aalto Savoy Vase
By Alvar Aalto, Iittala
Located in Krefeld, DE
Hand signed Alvar Aalto vase 3030 Savoy for Iittala made in Finland. Very good condition with only one flea bite at the rim.
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1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Glass

Iittala Alvar Aalto Arango Art Glass Sculptural Flower Savoy Vase Scandinavian
By Iittala, Alvar Aalto
Located in Miami, FL
Scandinavian Modern sculptural Arango clear art glass savoy vase designed by Alvar Aalto for Iittala, made in Finland. This is a beautiful handmade iconic piece from the 1990s. Fo...
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1990s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Vases

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Art Glass

Alvar Aalto Large Savoy Vase in Emerald Green for Iittala
By Iittala, Alvar Aalto
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Iconic Scandinavian Modern design by Alvar Aalto in vibrant emerald green glass for eminent Finnish glassworks, Iittala. This mid-century example includes a bubble in the glasswor...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Vases

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Glass

Iittala Alvar Aalto Clear Art Glass Sculptural Flower Savoy Vase Scandinavian
By Iittala, Alvar Aalto
Located in Miami, FL
Scandinavian Modern sculptural clear art glass savoy vase designed by Alvar Aalto for Iittala, made in Finland. This is a beautiful hand made iconic piece from the 1980s. Foil lab...
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1980s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Art Glass

Alvar Aalto Glass Savoy Vase
By Iittala, Alvar Aalto
Located in Esbjerg, DK
1950s, Mid-Century Modern, blown glass 'Savoy' vase designed by Alvar Aalto with acid etched mark on bottom.   
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Glass

Vintage Crystal Vase, Alvar Aalto, 1980s
By Orrefors, Alvar Aalto
Located in Roma, IT
This vintage crystal vase is a decorative crystal object designed by Alvar Aalto and manufactured by the Swedish Companies Orrefors and Ittala in the 1980s. Dimensions: cm 6 x 9.5...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Glass

Vintage Crystal Vase by Alvar Aalto for Iittala
By Alvar Aalto, Iittala
Located in Roma, IT
Vintage crystal vase is a decorative crystal object designed by Alvar Aalto and manufactured by Ittala in the 1980s. Elegant crystal vase in the shape of a corolla. Corolla vase is...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Crystal

Vase, Model 3031 “Savoy” Designed by Alvar Aalto for Iittala, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Opal glass that was blown into a wooden mould.
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1950s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Vases

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Opaline Glass

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By Alvar Aalto
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Alvar Aalto vases for sale on 1stDibs

Alvar Aalto vases are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Alvar Aalto vases, there are many options to choose from, although green editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 17 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original vases by Alvar Aalto were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider vases by Timo Sarpaneva, Riihimäen Lasi Oy and Nanny Still if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Alvar Aalto vases can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at US$168 and tops out at US$18,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$958 on average.

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