The first complete overview of the furniture, glassware and lamps by one of the great masters of 20th-century architecture.
[Alvar Aalto and the objects]. The first complete overview of the furniture, glassware and lamps by one of the great masters of 20th-century architecture, who also left an indelible legacy in the history of design. From the “Paimio chair” to the series of stools in bent wood, the lamps for private homes and public institutions to the famous compositions in glass, like the Savoy vase or the Aalto Flower: objects rewarded with extraordinary international success that even today, decades after their design, represent a reference point for designers and design lovers. A team of historians and experts coordinated by the Alvar Aalto Foundation and Museum starts with the wealth of documentation held by cultural institutions, museums and manufacturers, investigating the innovations introduced by Aalto in the design of form and the treatment of materials and surfaces, revealing the close ties between his activity as a designer and his work as an architect, urban planner and intellectual. In-depth study of the genesis, production and commercial success of many of Aalto’s objects, with a particular focus on his relationships with companies (Artek and Littala, above all) and the significant contribution of his wife Aino, an architect and designer, and co-author of many projects. The volume also contains many supplementary sections (a catalogue of furniture and glassware with their many variants, photographic documentation on production techniques, listing of works and awards) that make it a valuable tool for documentation and research.