Beauty is the harmony of purpose and form.
Alvar Aalto 1928

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Ms Merja Vainio,
Alvar Aalto Academy
Tiilimäki 20, 00330 Helsinki, Finland
tel. +358-(0)9-480 123
fax.+358-(0)9-485 119

The first comprehensive illustrated book on the designs of Alvar Aalto appeared in early 2002. Articles written by experts shed light on many aspects of Aalto’s wide-ranging scope as a designer of furniture, cut glass and light fittings. It contains a wealth of fresh facts and previously unpublished pictorial material.

Published by the Alvar Aalto Museum/Alvar Aalto Foundation, Helsinki, Finland, the book runs to 240 pages and has 300 photographs, many in colour. Among the contributors are Timo Keinänen, Pekka Korvenmaa, Kaarina Mikonranta and Ásdís Ólafsdóttir. It is edited by Pirkko Tuukkanen. The design is by Niina Vainio.

The ’Alvar and Aino Aalto as Glass Designers' essay by Timo Keinänen MA describes the kind of glass objects produced by the couple and the factors underlying their creation. The 'More Light!’ article by Professor Pekka Korvenmaa PhD examines Aalto’s ingenious use of light and light fittings as a means of bringing indoors to life. The mid-European aspect of Aalto’s interiors is revealed in an article by Ásdís Ólafsdóttir PhD on the interior furnishings of projects by Aalto abroad.

A key section of the book concentrates on furniture design, a broader and more productive part of Aalto’s design work. The essay by Kaarina Mikonranta, Chief Curator of the Alvar Aalto Museum, focuses on the historical side of furniture design and objets d’art from the 1920s.

The book also contains an illustrated catalogue of the best-known designs of Aalto and their variations.

"My furniture rarely, if ever, results from professional design. Almost without exception, I produced it in the context of an architectonic whole, as an accompaniment to architecture and in a mixed company of civic buildings, residences of the nobility, and artisan dwellings. It’s altogether a pleasure to design furniture in such a congenial way."
- Alvar Aalto, 1954.