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Alvar Aalto

Born in 1898 in Kuortane in Finland, Alvar Aalto's early development occurred under the influence of classical modernism. Following the completion of his architecture studies at the Polytechnic in Helsinki, Alvar Aalto travelled extensively through Europe, becoming acquainted with the likes of Le Corbusier, Fernand Léger or László Moholy-Nagy. Through his participation in the Congrès International d'Architecture this field was extended to include Walter Gropius. In 1929 Aalto won the design competition for a new sanatorium in Paimio, a work which can be seen as the foundation for the organic construction that characterized later Aalto works. The endearingly lively furniture designs of the Finnish designer and architect, as well as his accessories, express a desire to find a formal expression of the unity of the human being with his environment. From 1940 Alvar Aalto taught architecture at MIT in Cambridge.

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5 New Architecture & Design Exhibitions for November 2020

...Alvar Aalto’s Museum Designs" at the Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland Alvar Aalto developed his first musem project in 1928 for a local museum in Perniö, a project that remains unrealised... Between the two standing a further 11 museum projects, both realised and unrealised, and thus an ongoing occupation with museum planning and design that spans all periods of his career, all periods in the development of his formal, structural, material, aesthetic understandings, and thus his museum designs would appear to offer a concise yet comprehensive conduit via which to approach a better understanding of Alvar Aalto...

5 Online Architecture & Design Exhibitions for April 2020

...⇶ Design Museum Danmark - furnitureindex Alvar Aalto Foundation - A Stool Makes History Hosted by Goggle Arts and Culture A Stool Makes History is the online version of the Alvar Aalto Foundation's 2013 exhibition of the same name, and despite the unequivocal title, isn't just about Aalto's Stool 60 rather it uses the story of Stool 60 as a conduit via which to explore the work of Alvar and Aino Aalto... And in being such not only helps one approach a better understanding of just how much research, revolution and design is contained within the inconspicuous looking Stool 60, but also allows for the briefest of insights into the person of Otto Korhonen, director of the manufacturer Huonekalutehdas Korhonen and whose technical knowledge was so important in the development of the Aaltos' bent wood furniture; of the Aaltos' Paimio Sanatorium, a defining project in the development of Aino and Alvar Aalto, and a not irrelevant project in our current times; of how and why Artek came to be; but for all as reminder that back in the day it was Aino and Alvar Aalto, Alvar's predominance in the partnership being a largely post-war phenomenon...

5 New Architecture & Design Exhibitions for March 2020

...Probing Social and Methodological Innovation in Design opens at the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna on Wednesday March 4th and runs until Sunday April 5th "Aino and Alvar Aalto Shared Visions... Innovations in Wood Bending Technology & Design of Furniture" at the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, Kobe, Japan The second in a series of three exhibitions dedicated to Aino and Alvar Aalto to be staged in Japan between 2019 and 2021 Innovations in Wood Bending Technology & Design of Furniture takes as its focus, well, those innovations in wood bending technology & design of furniture developed and advanced by Aino and Alvar Aalto...

5 New Architecture & Design Exhibitions for September 2019

...Das Bauhaus in Berlin-Steglitz 1932-1933 opens at the Siemens-Villa, MSB Medical School Berlin, Calandrellistraße 1-9, 12247 Berlin on Wednesday September 4th and runs until Friday December 20th "Alvar Aalto’s Refined Landscapes" at the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki, Finland Whereas Alvar Aalto's work is often quoted in relation to nature, the nature in Aalto's work is often ignored... With the exhibition Alvar Aalto’s Refined Landscapes the Museum of Finnish Architecture aim to rectify that through foci not only on Aalto's interest in and inspiration from both natural landscapes and also cultivated gardens, be they from traditional Islamic or Japanese cultures or indeed his own contemporary Finland, but also how he integrated his buildings into their surrounding landscape, how he, as the museum note, "felt that architecture should be like a final touch added to an otherwise finished picture"...

Echoes - 100 Years in Finnish Design and Architecture @ Felleshus, The Nordic Embassies, Berlin

...Presenting a mix of objects and photographs from across decades and genres, Echoes presents everything you would wish and expect to find in such an exhibition: Alvar Aalto ✔; Ilmari Tapiovaara ✔; Oiva Toikka ✔; Marimekko ✔; Tapio Wirkkala ✔; Liquorice ✔; Harri Koskinen ✔; Ice Hockey ✘; Eero Aarnio ✔; etc ✔; etc ✔; etc ✔; in addition to objects and projects which when perhaps not enjoying such a global popular appeal, help explain Finland and Finnish architecture/design, including, and amongst many others, Lahtiset felt boots, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland Maternity Package, The Futuro House by Matti Suuronen and a pair Nokia Hai wellington boots...

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