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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 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
Early Alvar Aalto Black Brass Pendants "Hand Grenade" by Louis Poulsen, 1960s
By Alvar Aalto, Louis Poulsen
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 o...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Alvar Aalto, First Production "Beehive" Ceiling Lamp, Painted Aluminum, Brass
By Valaistustyö, Alvar Aalto
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early organic Beehive ceiling lamp / pendant designed by Alvar Aalto in 1953 and produced by Valaistustyö Ky, Finland. Height adjustable. As illustrated in images, lamp produces a...
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1950s European Organic Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Alvar Aalto Ceiling Lamp Model A335, Valaisinpaja
By Alvar Aalto, Valaisinpaja Oy
Located in Helsinki, FI
As Alvar Aalto often took his inspiration from his surrounding nature, this layered design creates an eye-pleasing experience. In addition to the details which make the light appear ...
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1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Alvar Aalto 20th century Finnish hanging lamp “A 335” Artek, 1956 white mental
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Barcelona, ES
Ceiling lamp model “A 335”. Manufactured by Artek, Finland, 1956. White painted metal. Mid- century Finnish // Nordic Chandelier Measurement 40 cm height, 15,7 in height. Literature...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Flying Saucer Pendant Light by Alvar Aalto, Finland
By Valaisinpaja Oy, Alvar Aalto
Located in London, GB
A "flying saucer" pendant light designed by Alvar Aalto and made by Valaisinpaja Oy, Finland. The light comprises a wide tiered shade, with separate diffuser of concentric rings s...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Alvar Aalto A333 Pendant Light, 1950
By Valaistustyö, Alvar Aalto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
stunning early Model A333 "Turnip" lamp designed by Alvar Aalto in 1953-1954 for Valaistustyo¨ Oy, Finland, wired for US standards, one E27 socket, max. wattage 75w, bulb provided as...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaja Oy 'Beehive' Pendant Lamp
By Alvar Aalto, Valaisinpaja Oy
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaja Oy, pendant lamp 'Beehive' model A331, metal, brass, Finland, 1953. The pendant lamp model A331 by Alvar Aalto carries the nickname 'Beehive' since it...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lacquered metal. Measures: H 21 cm / 8 1/8" W 115 cm / 3' 9 1/8" D 33 cm / 8 1/8" Provenance: From Stora Enson's head office in Helsinki, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1962.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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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.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Alvar Aalto Golden Bell A330, Valaisinpaja
By Valaisinpaja Oy, Alvar Aalto
Located in Helsinki, FI
The Golden Bell was originally designed for the Finnish restaurant Savoy. It was also showcased in the Paris world exhibition in 1937. This model is the refined version with a slit...
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1970s Finnish Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Alvar Aalto 'Golden Bell' Pendant in Brass
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Pendant lamp, brass, Finland, design 1936. A brass pendant designed by Finnish designer and architect Alvar Aalto and manufactured by Artek. This specific 'Golden Bell' pendant la...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Set of 2 Alvar Aalto A110 Hand Grenade Pendant Lamps in Black with Brass Detail
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
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...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, 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 Valais...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Set of Three ‘Golden Bell’ Ceiling Lamps Model A 330 Designed by Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Set of three ‘Golden Bell’ ceiling lamps model A 330 designed by Alvar Aalto for Louis Poulsen, Finland, 1950s. Brass. Stamped. Measures: Height: 79 cm / 2' 7" Diameter: 15 ...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lacquered meatal. Measures: H 21 cm / 8 1/8" W 115 cm / 3' 9 1/8" D 33 cm / 8 1/8" Provenance: From Stora Enson's head office in Helsinki, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1962.
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Vintage Pair Original Mid-Century Brass Pendant Lights by Alvar Aalto, 1950s
By Louis Poulsen, Alvar Aalto
Located in Lisse, NL
Wonderful design and great looking Midcentury " Golden Bell" ceiling lamps. If you are a collector of rare and great looking midcentury design antiques then these stylish pendants f...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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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, Denmark in the 1950s or 1960s. T...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass, Sheet 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...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass, Sheet Metal

Alvar Aalto "Beehive" Pendant Model A331, Valaistustyö
By Valaistustyö, Alvar Aalto
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...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Ceiling Light Model A 335 Designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaja Oy, Finland
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Brass and lacquered metal. Measures: Height of the shade: 40 cm/ 15 3/4'' Total height 65 cm/ 25 1/2''.  
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaja Oy 'Beehive' Pendant Lamp in White Metal
By Valaisinpaja Oy, Alvar Aalto
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaja Oy, pendant lamp 'Beehive' model A331, metal, brass, Finland, 1953. The pendant lamp model A331 by Alvar Aalto carries the nickname 'Beehive' since it...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Original Midcentury Bell Pendant by Alvar Aalto, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto, Louis Poulsen
Located in Lejre, DK
Golden bell pendant in patinated brass designed by Alvar Aalto for Louis Poulsen in 1939. Made in Denmark. Great condition.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Ceiling Lamp ‘Beehive’ Model A332 Designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyo
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Finland. 1953. Painted aluminium and polished brass. Rare and early model with six shades. Measures: H: 35 cm/ 13 3/4'' D: 32 cm/ 1' 1 1/8''.
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lacquered meatal. Measures: H 21 cm / 8 1/8" W 115 cm / 3' 9 1/8" D 33 cm / 8 1/8" Provenance: From Stora Enson's head office in Helsinki, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1962.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Early Alvar Aalto A332 "Beehive" Pendant by Valaistustyö for Artek
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...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lacquered meatal. Measures: H 21 cm / 8 1/8" W 115 cm / 3' 9 1/8" D 33 cm / 8 1/8" Provenance: From Stora Enson's head office in Helsinki, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1962.
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Mode A332 “Beehive” Designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyo
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Painted aluminium and polished brass. Early six tier version. Measures: Height: 34 cm / 13 1/3’’ Diameter: 32 cm / 12 1/2’’.     
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Alvar Aalto, Original Production Larger Size Beehive Lamp, Valaistustyo Ky
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyo Ky, Finland circa 1953. An original "Beehive" lamp in the much less often seen larger version which features 6 rings rather than the usual five. White en...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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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. This item is new in box.
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1950s Finnish Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Steel

Alvar Aalto chandeliers and pendants for sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, Alvar Aalto chandeliers and pendants are available for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and 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. In-stock of these items we have 17 vintage editions, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original chandeliers and pendants by Alvar Aalto were created in Europe during the mid-20th century in the Scandinavian modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider chandeliers and pendants by Taito Oy, Stockmann-Orno and Lisa Johansson-Pape. The prices for Alvar Aalto chandeliers and pendants can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$1,850 and tops out at US$54,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$6,360 on average.

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