Alvar & Aino Aalto: design : Collection Bischofsberger

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In addition to being the most important Finnish architect of the twentieth century, Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (1898-1976) was also one of the most noteworthy furniture designers of the modern era. His complete system--including stools, chairs, armchairs and tea trolleys--is characterized by curving line formations that were considered exemplary. As early as 1938, Aalto's work was acquired by New York's Museum of Modern Art. His bentwood Paimiochair is celebrated in a family of furniture design that includes such luminaries as Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Charles Eames. In collaboration with his first wife, Aino Marsio, Aalto also designed organic, floral forms in glass. Their Savoyvase of 1936, created for the hotel of the same name, is legendary, and their group of bowls designed to be combined in a formation called the Aalto Flowerhas often been compared to the sculptures and paintings of classical modernism. this essential publication presents the pioneering furniture, glass objects and lamps of Alvar and Aino Aalto in a well-edited selection of photographs, paintings, drawings and sketches.

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о Mit dem DZug durch die Kinderstube
Wellen mit Kufen aus Holz
Aino und Alvar Aaltos Krankenzimmer

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About the author (2005)

Born in 1898 in Kuortane, Finland, Alvar Aalto opened The Alvar Aalto Office for Archetecture and Monumental Art in 1923. In 1932, his Turun Sanomat Building was included in The Museum of Modern Art, New York's first architecture show; 1938 saw the museum honor him with a solo exhibition. Throughout his life he won countless awards and competitions, and designed dozens of signature, highly admired structures. Aalto died in 1976 in Helsinki.

Aino Marsio-Aalto was born in Finland in 1894. In 1924 she went to work as an architect at Alvar Aalto's office. The two married and in 1932 Aino won a design competition for Aalto Glasses--which also won a gold medal at the Milan Triennal of 1936. Her simple and elegant designs have remained classics for more than 60 years. Aino Aalto died in 1949 in Helsinki.

Thomas Kellein is director of the Kunsthalle Bielefeld.

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