Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (3 February 1898 – 11 May 1976) was a Finnish architect and designer. His work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware, as well as sculptures and paintings.
Originally published in hardcover in 2011.
Alvar Aalto remains Finland's greatest architect, retains his place among the Modern Masters of twentieth-century architecture and is now recognized internationally as one of the world's greatest architects of all time. This is the first, frank and fully-comprehensive biography of Alvar Aalto.
Showcasing furniture and object design from some of the most important architects of the 20th-century, this title analyses - through sketches, drawings and photographs of the original productions - the main designs of the featured architect. It also includes a illustrated chronology of their works.
Proposes a fresh interpretation of Alvar Aalto's oeuvre, revealing it as a thoughtful response to his intellectual and cultural milieu - especially to Finland's dynamic political circumstances following independence from Russia in 1917. This book considers the geographic and geopolitical narratives found in his writings.