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Alvar Aalto, a Vintage Pair "Golden Bell" Pendants, Louis Poulsen, 1960s

$2,371.53per set

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Alvar Aalto - A vintage pair "Golden Bells" pendants - Louis Poulsen 1960s Artist Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (Kuortane 1898 - Helsinki 1976) was a Finnish Modernist Architect and designer. He was one of the first and also among the most influential modern architects in Scandinavia. Important works by Alvar Aalto are the Finlandia-hall in Helsinki, Säynätsalo's cityhall and the campus of the former Technical Univerity in Helsinki. He was also famous for his furniture and Industrial Design. Worldfamous is his Aalto-vase (1936). This vase is based on a series of sketches he made for a designcontest by the Karhula-Iittala glassworks. He also designed numerous furniture and lighting designs for Artek. Aalto's work are in museumcollections all-over the world, among those: Museum of Modern Art, New York City, Designmuseo Helsinki, British Museum, London and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Description A vintage pair "Golden Bell" pendants. Made by Louis Poulsen in the 1960s. These pendants were designed in 1936 for the restaurant of the Savoy hotel in Helsinki. Designated model A330s but more often referred to as "Golden Bell", the Finnish company Artek has been producing these pendants for a very long time and is still making them today, In the 1960s the famous Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen produced these pendants under a licence from Artek. Like the ones made by Artek they are made from a single sheet of brass / messing and painted white inside. The Louis Poulsen and Artek "Golden Bells" have some very slight differences in size and finish.

Details

  • Creator
    Louis Poulsen (Manufacturer),Alvar Aalto (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 7.49 in. (19 cm)Diameter: 7.09 in. (18 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960
  • Condition
    Rewired: These are rewired and in good working order. Original porcelain sockets were re-used. Wear consistent with age and use. These pendants are circa 60 years old and have some scratches on the surface. No dents or cracks. These pendants do not come with original ceiling domes, we do provide a pair of new brass domes so you do not have to search for matching ones.
  • Seller Location
    EL Waalre, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5141220448142

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    Ships From: Oosterbeek, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About Alvar Aalto (Designer)

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 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 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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