Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto
Alvar Aalto was one of the first and most influential architects of the Scandinavian modern movement Born (February 3 1898 – May 11 1976) was a Finnish architect and designer, his work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware. Aalto’s early career runs in parallel with the rapid economic growth and industrialization of Finland during the first half of the twentieth century and many of his clients were industrialists; among these were the Ahlström-Gullichsen family. The span of his career, from the 1920s to the 1970s, is reflected in the styles of his work, ranging from Nordic Classicismof the early work, to a rational International Style Modernism during the 1930s to a more organic modernist style from the 1940s onwards. He 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. What is typical for his entire career, however, is a concern for design as a Gesamtkunstwerk, a total work of art; whereby he – together with his first wife Aino Aalto – would design not just the building, but give specialtreatments to the interior surfaces and design furniture, lamps, and furnishings and glassware.
Alvar Aalto is one of the greatest names in modern architecture and design. he liked to use 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.
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