Finnish Architecture and Design Master

Birth Year : 1898-1976
Birth Place : Kuortane,Finland
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Alvar Aalto is one of the greatest names in modern architecture and design. Glassblowers at the iittala factory still meticulously handcraft the legendary vases that are variations on one theme, fluid organic shapes that let the end user decide the use. Interpretations of the shape in new colors and materials add to the growing Alvar Aalto Collection that remains true to his original design.

Born Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (February 3, 1898 – May 11, 1976) in Kuortane, Finland, was noted for his humanistic approach to modernism. He studied architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology from 1916 to 1921, and returned to Jyväskylä, where he opened his first architectural office in 1923. The following year he married architect Aino Marsio.

Alvar Aalto was one of the first and most influential architects of the Scandinavian modern movement, and a member of the Congres Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne. Major architectural works include the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Finland, and the campus of Helsinki University of Technology.

Aalto’s legendary glassware includes the world-famous Aalto Vase. His vase design caused waves when Iittala presented the vases at the Pair world exhibition in 1937. Aalto simplified design elements to result in millions of combinations that let the end user decide the use. No matter what one sees in the mysterious form, the Aalto vase has become one of the world’s most famous glass objects.
Exhibitions and Awards:
1939 Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, France
1948 SAFAn hopeaplaketti, Finland
1949 Suomen Kultuurirahaston suurpalkinto, Finland
1953 Akademisk Arkitektforenings Aeresmedaille, Denmark
1954 Prins Eugens medalj, Sweden
1957 The Royal Gold Medal of Architecture, Great Britain
1957 Kommendorskorset av Dannebrogen, Denmark
1958 SAFAn kultaplaketti, Finland
1962 Sonningprize, Denmark
1963 The Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects, USA
1963 Svenska Arkitekters Riksförbund, ‘Gold Cube’, Sweden
1963 Cordón del Calli de Oro, Sosiedad de Arquitectos Mexicanos, Mexico
1965 Bronzeplakette, Freie Akademie der Künste in Hamburg, Federal Republic of Germany
1965 Medaglia d’Oro della Città Firenze, Italy
1965 Suomen Leijonan suurristi, Finland
1965 Grande Ufficiale al Merito della Republica Italiana, Italy
1966 Diplome des Palmes d’Or du Mérite de l’Europe, Luxemburg
1966 Helsingin Yliopiston Ylioppilaskunnan puheenjohtajiston merkki, Finland
1967 The Thomas Jefferson Medal (University of Virginia), USA
1967 The Alvar Aalto Medal, Finland
1969 Pour le Mérite für Wissenschaften und Künste, Federal Republic of Germany
1969 Litteris et Artibusmedal, Sweden
1972 Grand Croix de l’Ordre du Faucon, Iceland
1972 Grande Medaille d’Or d l’Academie d’Architecture pour 1972, Paris, France
1974 Suomen rakennustaiteen museon hopeaplaketti, Finland
1974 Das Österreichische Ehrenzeichen für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Austria
1975 National Arts Foundation, outstanding architect of western civilization, Liechtenstein

Representative Work

Representative Work

Stool 60 1993


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