1 of 6 images

Ceiling Lamp by Alvar Aalto

About

A beautiful cream lacquered steel ceiling lamp having a rounded form of stepped, white metal bands layered with pierced brass vents.

Details

  • Period
  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Good.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 12 in. x Dm 14 in.

    H 30.48 cm x Dm 35.56 cm

  • Diameter
    14 in. (35.56 cm)
  • Seller location
    New York, NY
  • Seller reference number
    No. 2807.001
  • Reference number
    LU89033003152

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

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 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.

About the Seller

Recognized
Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2010
Typical response time: 13 hrs
Located in New York, NY
Associations:
20th Century Specialists
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller

Pendant Lamp by Hans J Wegner

$3,600
Pendant Lamp by Hans J Wegner
Hans J. Wegner
Danish Chandeliers and Pendants
Metal
A simple and well scaled pendant lamp having and acrylic shade that continues from a white metal cap.
Gridded Glass and Bronze Ceiling Pendant by Tap...
Tapio Wirkkala
Finnish Chandeliers and Pendants
Bronze, Glass
A graphic and unusual cylindrical ceiling fixture having a white glass shade blown into a patinated bronze grid.
Articulating Ceiling Lamp by O.C. White
O.C. White
American Chandeliers and Pendants
A superb Industrial ceiling-mount light fixture having three adjustable arms projecting from a central stem with down light. Signed on ceiling rosette, this fixture has a dark patina...
Cased Glass Ceiling Fixture
Unknown
Danish Chandeliers and Pendants
Glass
An expressive and geometric hanging pendant made of deep green glass with a white cased interior.
You May Also Like

Cordoba Ceiling Lamp by Daniel Libeskind

$5,500 / item
Cordoba Ceiling Lamp by Daniel Libeskind
Lorenza Bozzoli
Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
Plastic
Designed by Daniel Libeskind, this ceiling lamp is crafted using engineered plastic, a more resistant type of plastic that can be shaped in complex ways: the stunning silhouette, wit...
Alvar Aalto A337 Pendant, Valaisinpaja Oy
Alvar Aalto, Valaisinpaja Oy
Finnish Chandeliers and Pendants
Metal
Wonderful 'Flying Saucer' Model A337, ceiling lamp by Alvar Aalto, early example by original manufacture Valaisinpaja Oy, Finland, circa 1953, labelled with manufacture's mark.

Abstract Amber Ceiling Lamp

$5,620 / item
Abstract Amber Ceiling Lamp
Euroluce
Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
Metal
This stunning mouth-blown glass ceiling suspension lighting fixture designed by Studio in Project is a work of art. The impeccable structure is composed of a series of amber-colored,...
Alvar Aalto A335 Pendant, Valaistustyö, 1952
Alvar Aalto, Valaistustyö
Finnish Chandeliers and Pendants
Metal
Wonderful pendant light, model A335 by Alvar Aalto, in brass and white enameled metal, with original metal canopy and white bottom rim, early example by original manufacture Valaistu...
Scuba Suspension Lamps Designed by Jaime Hayon ...
Jaime Hayon, Bosa
Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
Ceramic
Series of four suspension lamps in ceramic with precious metal applied. Designed by Jaime Hayon for Bosa, 2017 Four models available: A: dia 44 x H 65.5 cm B: dia 36 x H 57 c...
Rare Alvar Aalto Pendant Model "A 337"
Alvar Aalto
Finnish Chandeliers and Pendants
Metal
A very rare pendant by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö, Finland. The metal pendant has the original white lacquer finish and retains the mark Valaistustyö, circa 1954, Finland. The pend...
Charles Williams Fontana Arte Avico Suspension ...
Fontana Arte, Charles Williams
Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
Metal
Designed in 2006 by Charles Williams for Fontana Arte, the Avico is a big-impact suspension lamp, spectacular thanks to its large sizes, available in 47.2" and 63” diameters. The lam...
Paavo Tynell Alvar Aalto, Rare Golden Bell Pend...
Alvar Aalto, Paavo Tynell, Taito Oy
Finnish Chandeliers and Pendants
Brass
Very rare perforated brass pendant light by Paavo Tynell and Alvar Aalto. Model shape is based on Aalto's iconic golden bell pendant, designed in 1937 Manufactured mid-1940s by Pa...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries