Ceiling Lamp by Alvar Aalto

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

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

Details

  • Period
    1950-1959
  • Materials and Techniques
    Steel
  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
    Dimensions
    12 in. H
    30 cm H
  • Diameter
    14
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU89033003152

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

1stdibs seller since 2010

Typical response time: 11 hours

Located in New York, NY

Associations:
  • 20th Century Specialists

More from this Seller

Pendant Lamp by Hans J Wegner
Pendant Lamp by Hans J Wegner
Hans J. Wegner
Metal, Acrylic
A simple and well scaled pendant lamp having and acrylic shade that continues from a white metal cap.
Articulating Ceiling Lamp by O.C. White
Articulating Ceiling Lamp by O.C. White
O.C. White
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 patinated...
Gridded Glass and Bronze Ceiling Pendant by Tapio Wirkkala
Gridded Glass and Bronze Ceiling Pendant by Tapio ...
Tapio Wirkkala
Bronze, Glass
A graphic and unusual cylindrical ceiling fixture having a white glass shade blown into a patinated bronze grid.
Pendant Lamps by Niels Esmann and Hans C. Jensen
Pendant Lamps by Niels Esmann and Hans C. Jensen
Hans Jensen, Niels Esmann
Steel
Three (3) pendant lamps fashioned of stacked and intersecting squares of poly chromed steel that form an abstracted basket weave pattern.
Cased Glass Ceiling Fixture
Cased Glass Ceiling Fixture
Unknown
Glass
An expressive and geometric hanging pendant made of deep green glass with a white cased interior.
Op-Art Pendant by Verner Panton
Op-Art Pendant by Verner Panton
Louis Poulsen, Verner Panton
Steel
This rare pendant is the largest size that was manufactured and has undulating waves in yellow and orange executed in porcelain-enameled steel.
Industrial Visored Pendant Lamp
Industrial Visored Pendant Lamp
Benjamin
Nickel
A spare and beautifully machined nickeled brass ceiling fixture having a narrow-gauge stem with two fixtures, each with a light modulating rotating visor.
Hanging Pendant by GE Mazda X-Ray
Hanging Pendant by GE Mazda X-Ray
Mazda
A fine industrial light fixture having diagonal ribbed decoration.
O.C. White Factory Ceiling Fixture
O.C. White Factory Ceiling Fixture
O.C. White
Steel, Iron
A patinated steel industrial ceiling lamp with a central pole supporting three adjustable arms with dome shades.
Hanging Pendant Lamp
Hanging Pendant Lamp
Lightolier
Brass
An adjustable patinated brass pendant having as shapely perforated shade and frosted glass diffuser with a brass ring pull. Recoiled cable is concealed in the canopy.
Woven Fiber Hanging Lamp
Woven Fiber Hanging Lamp
Unknown
A unique and expressive artist-made handwoven and braided natural fiber hanging lamp having a tall columnar form.
Cased Glass Pendant Lamps
Cased Glass Pendant Lamps
Vistosi Murano
Glass
A pair of highly graphic and richly luminous bell-form hanging pendant lamps crafted of cased orange glass.