Skip to main content

Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Finnish, 1898-1976

An architect and designer, Alvar Aalto deserves an immense share of the credit for bringing Scandinavian modernism and Nordic design to a prominent place in the global arena. In both his buildings and his vintage furniture — which ranges from chairs, stools, 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 with his wife, Aino Aalto, in 1930 as part of the overall design of a Finnish tuberculosis sanatorium.

Comfortable, yet light enough to be easily moved by patients, the Paimio 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 the headrest and beneath the knees, creating a sort of pillow effect. Aalto’s use of plywood had an 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 Aino, 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.

36
to
2
30
6
36
36
36
18
15
2
36
30
5
2
20
2
3
Height
to
Width
to
32
5
36
21
11
5
3
36
32
4
3
1
267
924
822
613
570
Creator: Alvar Aalto
Alvar Aalto Ceiling Lamp for Stora Enso Headquarters, Idman
By Idman Oy, Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, FI
This lamp is perfect for Kitchens, counter tops, window fronts, or as lighting for painting walls. It can even be used on the outside balcony for example...
Category

1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Alvar Aalto Ceiling Pendant model. A622, Valaisinpaja 1970s
By Valaisinpaja Oy, Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, FI
An iconic ceiling pendant model A622, designed by Alvar Aalto in the 1950s, and manufactured by Valaisinpaja Oy in Finland in the 1970s. In line with all Aalto furniture and lighting...
Category

1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Model A110 Pendant, Alvar Aalto, Valaistustyö Ab, 1950s
By Valaistustyö, Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, FI
Model A110 pendant light, designed by Alvar Aalto, manufactured by Valaistustyö Ab, 1950s. Painted metal with brass details. Good vintage condition, minor patina and wear consistent ...
Category

1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal, Brass

Set of 2 Alvar Aalto A110 Hand Grenade Pendant Lamps in Black with Brass Detail
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Very nice sleek hanging lamp designed by Alvar Aalto for the building of the Finnish Engineers Association and the council chamber of the town hall of Säynätsalo. The lamp with model...
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal, Brass

Artek Pendant Light A331 “Beehive“ by Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Centreville, VA
The A331, nicknamed “Beehive,” is one of Alvar Aalto’s most popular lighting designs. Suitable for homes and public spaces alike, “Beehive” creates a warm, diffuse light when switche...
Category

1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Brass 'Kultakello' Model A 330 'Golden Bell' Pendant by Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Utrecht, NL
Model A330 is the more complex variation of the popular and more simple model A330S / 'The Golden Bell” that was originally designed in 1936 by Alvar Aalto and his wife Aaino for the...
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Pair of ceiling lamps 'Beehive' model A332 designed by Alvar Aalto, 1952, Red
By Valaistustyö, Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of ceiling lamps ‘Beehive’ model A332 designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyo, Finland, 1952. Painted aluminum and polished brass. Stamped. H: 30 c...
Category

1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Alvar Aalto Ceiling light Model B 335 Designed for Valaisinpaja Oy, Finland
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceiling light model B 335 designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaja Oy. The lamp creates a warm, diffuse light when switched on, a result of the ingenious design that features several rows of perforated steel rings. The bottom ring is pierced powder coated aluminum shade Included in page 494 from “1000 Lights 1878 to 1959” (vol.1) from Taschen vintage retro Scandinavian...
Category

1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

alvar aalto pendant lamp A337 Valaisinpaja Oy
By Alvar Aalto
Located in 東御市, JP
alvar aalto design A337. It often called Flying Saucer. Very warm light.
Category

1970s Finnish Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Aluminum

Alvar Aalto A331 "Beehive" Pendant Light, 1950s, Valaistustyö Ky Finland
By Alvar Aalto, Valaistustyö
Located in Turku, FI
The iconic ‘Beehive' ceiling lamp by Artek fills your dining or living room with beautiful atmospheric light. The Ceiling lamp A331 was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1953. The 'Beehive'...
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal, Brass, Aluminum

Alvar Aalto Mid-Century Ceiling Pendant Lamp
By Alvar Aalto
Located in New York, NY
Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976) Mid-Century Modern white enameled aluminum hanging ceiling pendant lamp with concentric circle design. Provenance: From a Rye, N.Y. collection. Dea...
Category

20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Aluminum

Pendant by Alvar Aalto for Valaistostyo
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pendant designed by Alvar Aalto to Valaistostyo Ky, Finland. Model A-203, Circa 1950th. Lacquered metal with brass elements. Stamped by manufacturer. Existing wires, rewiring avai...
Category

1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Ceiling lamp, model A203, designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö, Finland
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceiling lamp, model A203, designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö, Finland, 1940s. Lacquered metal and brass. H: 123 cm / 4' 1/4'' Height of pendant: 20 cm / 8'' W: 68.5 cm / 2' 3...
Category

1940s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal, Brass

Ceiling lamp, model A203, designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö, Finland
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceiling lamp, model A203, designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö, Finland, 1940s. Lacquered metal and brass. H: 123 cm / 4' 1/4'' Height of pendant: 20 cm / 8'' W: 68.5 cm / 2' 3...
Category

1940s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal, Brass

Alvar Aalto Ceiling Lamp A622b - Early Version - Valaistustyö Ky Finland 1950s
By Alvar Aalto, Valaistustyö, Artek
Located in Turku, FI
Alvar Aalto designed the A622B lamp in 1953 for the National Pensions Institute of Helsinki, and its timeless elegance will easily complement modern homes and public spaces, too. ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Steel

Pendant Model A335B by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto, Valaistustyö
Located in Helsinki, FI
Pendant by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö in the 1950s. Metal, good vintage condition, marked on the bottom. Beehive style pendant, early Alvar Aalto design.
Category

1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Alvar Aalto for Idman Pair Of Metal Ceiling Lamps, 1950s
By Idman, Alvar Aalto
Located in Praha 2, Hlavní město Praha
Pair of metal ceiling lamps designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman in Finland, 1950s. The lamps feature the original manufacturer’s stamp. Date of manufacture: 1950s Origin: Finland Mat...
Category

1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Alvar Aalto A335B Pendant, Valaisinpaja Oy, 1952
By Valaisinpaja Oy, Alvar Aalto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful pendant light, model A335 B by Alvar Aalto, in brass and white enameled metal, with original metal canopy and white bottom rim, early example by...
Category

1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass, Metal

Flush Mount Light Model A622b by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto, Valaistustyö
Located in Helsinki, FI
Pendant model A622B by Alvar Aalto for Valaisintyö in the 1950s. Designed in 1953 for Helsinki Social Pension Institution. Metal, good vintage condition. Iconi...
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Vintage Golden Bell Pendant Lamp by Alvar Aalto for Louis Poulsen
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Vorst, BE
The 'Golden Bell' pendant lamp was designed in 1936 for the interior of the Savoy restaurant in Helsinki by Alvar and his wife Aino Aalto. It was characteristic of Aalto to treat eac...
Category

Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal, Sheet Metal, Brass

Early Alvar Aalto Black Brass Pendants "Hand Grenade" by Louis Poulsen, 1960s
By Louis Poulsen, Alvar Aalto
Located in Odense, DK
Rare and early set of brass pendants by Alvar Aalto. This pair manufactured by Louis Poulsen, Copenhagen in the 1960s as model number "16530" The "Hand Grenade" pendant lights were originally designed by Alvar Aalto in 1952 alongside his architectural plans...
Category

1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Vintage A110 "Handgrenade" Pendant Lamp by Alvar Aalto for Louis Poulsen
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Vorst, BE
This elegant pendant light is nicknamed “Hand Grenade” because of its distinctive shape. This vintage lamp has been produced by Louis Poulsen...
Category

Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal, Sheet Metal, Brass

Early Alvar Aalto A332 "Beehive" Pendant by Valaistustyö
By Alvar Aalto, Valaistustyö
Located in Helsinki, FI
This is one of Alvar Aalto´s most iconic lighting designs. It was first designed in 1953. The design is incredibly simple and takes from nature as it mimics the hanging beehives on a...
Category

1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal, Brass

Original Midcentury Bell Pendant by Alvar Aalto, 1950s
By Louis Poulsen, Alvar Aalto
Located in Lejre, DK
Golden bell pendant in patinated brass designed by Alvar Aalto for Louis Poulsen in 1939. Made in Denmark. Great condition.
Category

1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass

Ceiling Lamp ‘Beehive’ Model A332 Designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyo
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceiling lamp ‘Beehive’ model A332 designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyo, Finland. 1953. Painted aluminium and polished brass. Early six tier version. Engraved ‘A332 Valaistusty...
Category

Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Ceiling Lamp Mode A332 “Beehive” Designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyo
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceiling lamp model A332 “Beehive” designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyo, Finland, 1953. Painted aluminium and polished brass. Early six tier version. Stamped, 'VAlAISTUSTYO A33...
Category

1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceiling lamp designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman, Finland. 1950s. Lacquered metal. Dimensions: H: 21 cm / 8 1/8" W: 115 cm / 3' 9 1/8" D: 33 cm / 8 1/8" Provenance: From Stora Enso's...
Category

1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Alvar Aalto Beehive Lamp Model No. A332 Produced by Valaistustyö in Finland
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Very rare Beehive lamp model no. A332 designed by Alvar Aalto. Produced by Valaistustyö in Finland. Measure: Height: 35 (80) cm.
Category

1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal, Brass

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceiling lamp designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman, Finland. 1950's. Lacquered metal. Dimensions H: 21 cm / 8 1/8" W: 115 cm / 3' 9 1/8" D: 33 cm / 8 1/8" Provenance: From Stora Enso'...
Category

1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Ceiling Lamp ‘Beehive’ Model A332 Designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyo
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceiling lamp model A332 “Beehive” designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyo, Finland, 1953. Painted aluminium and polished brass. Early six tier version. Stamped, 'VAlAISTUSTYO A33...
Category

1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceiling lamp designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman, Finland. 1950s Lacquered metal. H: 21 cm / 8 1/8" W: 115 cm / 3' 9 1/8" D: 33 cm / 8 1/8" Provenance: From Stora Enso's head office...
Category

1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Ceiling Light Model A 335 Designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaja Oy, Finland
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceiling light model A 335 designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaja Oy, Finland. 1952. Brass and lacquered metal. Measurements: Height of the shade: 40 cm/ 15 3/4'' Total height: 65...
Category

1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal, Brass

Alvar Aalto, "Beehive" Ceiling Lamp, Aluminum, Brass, Finland, 1953
By Valaistustyö, Alvar Aalto
Located in High Point, NC
A white-painted aluminum and brass "Beehive" ceiling lamp designed by Alvar Aalto and produced by Valaistustyö Ky, Finland, 1953. Interior rod impressed "VALAISTUSTYÖ A331".
Category

1950s Finnish Organic Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Alvar Aalto Beehive Pendant Light in Black, model A332, for Valaistutstyo, 1950s
By Valaistustyö, Alvar Aalto
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
One of Alvar Aalto's most iconic lighting designs, the Beehive pendant light was devised in 1953 for use in Finland's University of Jyväskylä. ...
Category

1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Alvar Aalto, Pair of A111 "Hand Grenade" Lamps, 1952, Valaistustyo, signed
By Valaistustyö, Alvar Aalto
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Alvar Aalto for Valiastustyo Ky, Helsinki, Finland circa 1952. A set of 2 "Hand Grenade" pendant lights, model No. A111, all are stamped by the maker showing these are first producti...
Category

1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Brass, Metal

Beehive Pendent by Alvar Aalto for Artek
By Alvar Aalto
Located in San Francisco, CA
A classic beehive pendant model A331 by Alvar Aalto for Artek of white aluminum and chrome-plated steel rings that filter the light beautifully. ...
Category

1950s Finnish Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Alvar Aalto chandeliers and pendants for sale on 1stDibs.

Alvar Aalto chandeliers and pendants are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Alvar Aalto chandeliers and pendants, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chandeliers and pendants by Alvar Aalto were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chandeliers and pendants by Stockmann-Orno , Yki Nummi, and Idman Oy. Prices for Alvar Aalto chandeliers and pendants can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $980 and can go as high as $43,272, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,413.
Questions About Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    Alvar Aalto is known for bringing Scandinavian modernism and Nordic design to global prominence. In his designs for buildings and furniture, Aalto's sensitivity to the natural world and to organic forms and materials tempered the hardness of rationalist design. One of his most famous pieces is the Paimio armchair, which he designed in 1930 for a Finnish tuberculosis sanatorium. Comfortable yet light enough to be easily moved by patients, the Paimio chair's frame is made of two laminated birch loops. The seat and back are formed from a single sheet of plywood that scrolls under the headrest and beneath the knees, creating a pillow effect. Aalto's use of plywood had an enormous influence on Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Marcel Breuer and many others. On 1stDibs, shop an assortment of Alvar Aalto furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    The style most commonly associated with Alvar Aalto is Scandinavian modern. As an architect and designer, Aalto deserves an immense share of the credit for bringing Scandinavian modernism and Nordic design to a prominent place in the global arena. In both his buildings and his vintage furniture, Aalto's sensitivity to the natural world and organic forms and materials tempered the hardness of rationalist design, as is indicative of Scandinavian modern pieces. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Alvar Aalto furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    The Paimio chair, designed by Alvar Aalto, is a type of armchair created in 1932. Also called the Armchair 41, it was intended to help people breathe easier and was designed for a tuberculosis sanatorium in the Finnish city of Paimio. For the chair's frame, Aalto and his wife, Aino, opted to use Finland's native birchwood, which is strong and inexpensive and felt warmer and more organic than the tubular steel found in similarly shaped pieces. Laminated wood loops form the arms, legs and a pair of flat skids, while its sculptural seat and back are built from a single piece of thin plywood. Shop a variety of Alvar Aalto Paimio chairs on 1stDibs.

Recently Viewed

View All