Learn about Aalto, Alvar

Alvar Aalto (1898 – 1976) was a Finish architect and designer. His designs encompass His work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware. He developed numerous designs for moulded laminated timber (plywood) during the 1930s, including a revolutionary L-shaped leg that was used in much of his furniture. The success of these designs enabled him and his wife Aino to found the furniture manufacturing company Artek in Helsinki in 1935. Aalto glassware is manufactured by Iittala. Aalto’s work, which was well received in Britain and America during the 1930s and ’40s, was produced by Finmar, a British subsidiary, and later by Artek-Pascoe in New York. Artek also began production in Sweden when exports from Finland to America were prohibited during World War II.

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Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), Four Stools 60, designed 1933, manufactured by Artek, birch seats supported on L-shaped legs (4), height 44 cm diameter 38 cm. Provenance: From the Collection of a Distinguished Architect

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), Pair of 406 Armchairs, designed 1939, manufactured by Artek, lacquered birch with black linen webbing (2), height 89 cm width 60.5 cm depth 70 cm. Provenance: purchased from Anibou

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), Pair of 153A Benches, designed 1945, manufactured by Artek, lacquered birch, raised on four 'L' form legs (2), height 44 cm width 112.5 cm depth 40 cm. Provenance: purchased from Anibou

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), 83 Table, designed 1935, manufactured by Artek, lacquered birch with black laminated top, raised on four 'L' form legs, height 72 cm width 182 cm depth 91 cm. Provenance: purchased from Anibou

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), Pair of 406 Armchairs, designed 1939, manufactured by Artek, lacquered birch with black linen webbing (2), height 89 cm width 60.5 cm depth 70 cm. Provenance: purchased from Anibou

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), Pair of 406 Armchairs, designed 1939, manufactured by Artek, lacquered birch with black linen webbing (2), height 89 cm width 60.5 cm depth 70 cm. Provenance: purchased from Anibou

Attributed to Alvar Aalto for Artek Finnish, 1920's - 1930's pine screen with a wavy top, 170 cm high

Alvar Aalto daybed, with zebra stripe upholstery.

Alvar Aalto armchair, with zebra stripe upholstery.

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), 80C Table, designed 1935, manufactured by Artek, the lacquered birch square top raised on four 'L' form legs, labelled 'design Alvar Aalto Artek 2001 artek.fi, height 44 cm, width 60 cm, depth 60 cm. Provenance: Purchased

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), Dining Table, Model #91, designed c. 1948, moulded and laminated birch plywood, the round top raised of four L-legs, height 72 cm, diameter 125 cm, Labels: cf. for comparison Finsven Inc. Aalto Design product catalog, 1948

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), Rectangular Dining Table, designed c. 1935, manufactured by Artek, natural birch, with white laminate top, supported on four L-shape legs, height 72 cm, width 120 cm, depth 75 cm

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), Y61 Stool, designed 1947, manufactured by Artek, lacquered birch 'Y' legs, with quilted black canvas, height 45 cm, width 41 cm, depth 41 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Anibou

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), 81C Table, designed 1935, manufactured by Artek, the lacquered birch square top raised on four 'L' form legs, labelled 'design Alvar Aalto Artek 2009 artek.fi, height 72 cm, width 75 cm, depth 75 cm. Provenance: Purchased

Alvar Aalto armchair, with zebra strip black and white fabric

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976). Dining suite manufactured by Artek, Finland, the round top with four legs, birch, natural finish, together with four chairs, labelled 'Original alvar aalto design artek made in Finland 2004', (5)

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976). Pair of armchairs 402, designed 1933 manufactured by Artek, birch faced moulded plywood with green fabric upholstery, stamped 'Original Alvar Aalto Artek design made in Finland' (2)

An Alvar Aalto rectangular table. Finland. Manufactured by Artek birch veneer, laminate

An Alava Aalto two part table. Finland. Manufactured by Artek

An Alvar Aalto auto trolley. C. 1960s Finland. Laminate and beechwood. 58 cm high, 93 cm wide, 66 cm deep

An Alvar Aalto 402 armchair. C. 1935 Finland. Manufactured by Artek Cantilevered birch plywood, black leather upholstery. 75 cm high, 61 cm wide, 69 cm deep. Seat height 42 cm

Alvar Aalto for Artek. Circular birch dining table raised on rectangular legs. Diameter 100 cm

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), rectangular table 82A - L-leg, designed 1935 manufactured by Artek, natural birch supported on L-shaped legs. Provenance: Private Collection, NSW

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), lounge chair 400, designed 1936 manufactured by Artek, natural birch, low slung sled base with zebra print upholstered seat and back. Provenance: Private Collection, NSW

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), stool 60, designed 1933 manufactured by Artek, natural birch with red laminate seat supported on L-shaped legs. Provenance: Private Collection, NSW

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976), pair pf 3-Legged round 90D tables manufactured by Artek, natural birch with black linoleum top supported on L-shaped legs (2). Provenance: Private Collection, NSW.

Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976) magazine rack & umbrella stand, for Artek, birch

An Alva Aalto birch armchair with oatmeal linen webbed seat and cane wrapped arms by ICF

Alvar Aalto, a pair of armchairs designed for Paimio Center, 1931-1933, laminated birch plywood

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), a pair of Model 60 stools, designed 1932-1933 manufactured by Artek, Finland, c.2003 laminated birch, laminex 45 cm high, 35 cm diameter cm labels to base. Provenance: Purchased from Anibou, Sydney

Alvar Aalto white Savoy vase, manufactured by Iittala in white opaque glass, together with a small Swedish vase of teardrop form (2). Height 16 cm

Alvar Aalto pair of armchairs, model 45 designed 1947, made by Artek Finland circa 1975. Height 80 cm. Width 61 cm. Depth 60 cm

Alvar Aalto dining table, together with six chairs (7)

Alvar Aalto drinks trolley 901 natural birch with black linoleum made in Finland by Artek. Height 60 cm. Width 5 cm. Depth 90 cm

Alvar Aalto clothes tree 160, natural birch with black feet made in Finland by Artek. Height 177 cm

Alvar Aalto umbrella stand 115, natural birch with insert made in Finland by Artek. Height 47.5 cm

Alvar Aalto bench 153A, natural birch, made in Finland by Artek. Height 44 cm. Width 40 cm. Depth 112.5 cm

Alvar Aalto, stool, manufactured by Artek, stamped to base

Alvar Aalto, tea trolley 900, c1980, manufactured by Artek

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