Alvar Aalto

Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (1898-1976)

Born in Kuortane, Finland, Alvar Aalto studied architecture at the Technical University of Helsinki from 1916 to 1921. Initially worked as an exhibition designer and later turned to architecture and furniture design in 1923 and 1925 respectively.

He became a member of the Congrés Internationaux d´Architecture Moderne in 1928. In 1929 with Otto Korhonen he established an experimental plywood workshop in Turku. In 1935, he founded a furniture design company, Artek, with Harry and Marie Gullichsen and in the same year patented a cantilevered chair support made of wood.

 

 

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The 125th anniversary of Alvar Aalto’s birth on February 3

Alvar Aalto in 1940s. Photo: Eino Mäkinen, Alvar Aalto Foundation. This year marks the 125th …

Architect Elissa Aalto exhibition in Oulu 20/1–11/2 2023

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Stora Enso makes major furniture donation to Alvar Aalto Foundation

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Iittala celebrates Alvar Aalto’s 125th anniversary with archive designs

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First ever book published about architect Elissa Aalto

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Alvar Aalto Week opened in Wolfsburg, Germany – programme brings a colourful array of cultural events to the city

This year, Alvar Aalto Week is being held outside of Finland for the first time: …

Helsinki Design Week @ Kanavaranta design by Alvar Aalto

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Architect Elissa Aalto centenary tours and new product series launched this summer

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Exhibition of Interior Designer Maija Heikinheimo at the Gallery of Säynätsalo Town Hall

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Alvar Aalto Design Seminar – BIOSYMBIOSIS; Top bio-based design and innovations 24–25/5 2022

Alvar Aalto Design Seminar – BIOSYMBIOSIS; Top bio-based design and innovations 24.–25.5.2022 in Jyväskylä, Finland …

Lehti, Pisa & Venezia exhibition displays the printed fabrics designed by Aino, Elissa and Alvar Aalto

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The first week of February is a celebration of Finnish architecture and design

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100 years since the birth of architect Elissa Aalto

In November 2022, it will be 100 years since the birth of the architect Elissa …

The world’s most extensive private Aalto collection opens as a virtual exhibition

The Alvar Aalto Museum’s major hit with the public in spring 2021, the Diverse Design – …

Alvar Aalto Nature Seminar event recording now available online

The Alvar Aalto Nature Seminar was held in an urban environment familiar to architect Alvar …

Alvar Aalto Week 2021. 14 – 22 August 2021

In 2021, the Alvar Aalto Week will take place in Kouvola from August 14 to …

Alvar Aalto’s boat Nemo propheta in patria moved for conservation

Nemo propheta in patria, the motorboat that Alvar Aalto designed for himself in the 1950s, …

Exhibition: Timeless Aalto – The DNA of Building Culture

The exhibition is based on architect and Professor Emeritus Tore Tallqvist’s decades of dedicated thought. …

The Landscape of Alvar Aalto exhibition on show in Niavaran Cultural Centre in Iran in July

“Our buildings should not merely meet one or two aesthetic norms; they should be placed …

Alvar Aalto Week in Kouvola offers a diverse programme for culture fans of all ages

This year’s Alvar Aalto Week is August 14–22, 2021. It´s theme Kouvola – yhtä Aaltoa looks forward …

Travel as a tool @ Vandalorum

27 March – 19 September is a joint Nordic exhibition that considers the significance of …

Christmas branches in Aalto vase

As we prepare for the holiday season here are some tips on how to bring …

Iittala will launch a limited edition of 2021 numbered vases in one of the rarest Aalto shapes found in the Iittala archives

The Aalto vase is an icon. In 2021, Iittala will launch a limited edition of …

Alvar Aalto Week 2020 – Fascinating programme

Alvar Aalto Week 2020 – Fascinating programme set in superb cultural environments of Pori and …

The first series of Alvar Aalto art posters is devoted to architecture exhibitions!

“God made paper for drawing architecture on. Everything else – at least to me – …

Exhibition: The Cultivated Landscape of Alvar Aalto

“The Cultivated Landscape of Alvar Aalto” is an exhibition co-produced by the Alvar Aalto Foundation …

Photography exhibition about Alvar Aalto’s life and production

Photography exhibition about Alvar Aalto’s life and production begins tour in Kouvola ”Architectural solutions must …

Chair 611, The Staying Power of a Modern Icon – Artek

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Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60 wins 2019 Long Life Design Award

Artek is proud to announce that Alvar Aalto’s iconic Stool 60 has been awarded the …

Perfect time to book The Alvar Aalto Symposium

Perfect time to book The Alvar Aalto Symposium

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The Housing Problem - Alvar Aalto

The Housing Problem – Alvar Aalto

The architect Alvar Aalto’s wide-ranging, multifaceted output also included designs for apartments. The exhibition brings …

The Alvar Aalto Medal’s 50th jubilee: winners past and present

The Alvar Aalto Medal’s 50th jubilee: winners past and present The Alvar Aalto Medal paying …

The Icon of Finnish Design Celebrates its 80th Anniversary

The Alvar Aalto vase collection has become an international icon of Finnish design and a …

Aino & Alvar Aalto’s individual furniture

Review of Aino and Alvar Aalto’s individual furniture design in 1930’s The exhibition year at …

The work of Alvar Aalto’s collaborators – Studio Aalto

The work of Alvar Aalto’s collaborators – Studio Aalto

Collaboration on PhD thesis inspires new Alvar Aalto Museum exhibition A new exhibition at Studio …

Vitra acquired the Finnish company Artek

Vitra acquired the Finnish company Artek

Artek and Vitra: a partnership built on affinity On September 6, 2013 Vitra acquired the …

Jakkara 60 – Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto @ Studio Aalto, Helsinki

JAKKARA 60 – STOOL 60 BY ALVAR AALTO exhibition at Studio Aalto, Helsinki, 13.3–21.4.2013 The …

Artek celebrates Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60 on its 80th anniversary by launching special editions

This year Artek celebrates Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60 on its 80th anniversary by launching special …

Alvar Aalto

Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (1898-1976) Born in Kuortane, Finland, Alvar Aalto studied architecture at the …