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Aalto, Alvar [1898-1976. Finland. Furniture/Industrial Designer/Architect]


Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto [commonly known as Alvar Aalto] was born in Kuortane, ne… subscribers only

Armchair, modl no.52, 1932, birch-veneered bent plywood, by Alvar aalto

Armchair, modl no.52, 1932, birch-veneered bent plywood, by Alvar aalto


1. Alvar Aalto designer. Edited by Pirkko Tuukkanen. Jyväskylä, Finland: Alvar Aalto Museum, 2002

2. Connah, Roger and Jantunsen, Paivi. Alvar and Aino aalto as glass designers. Iittala, Finland: Iittala Glass Museum, 1996

3. Dent-Coad, Emma. ‘A remarkable bent’ Design October 1987 p.66

4. Fiell, Charlotte and Fiell, Peter. Scandinavian Design Cologne: Taschen, 2002

5. Fleig, Karl, et al. Alvar Aalto: the complete works. 3 volumes. Zurich: Verlag für Architektur Artemis, 1978

6. Giedion, Sigfried. ‘Aalvar Aalto’ Architectural Reviewe vol.107, January 1950 p.84

7. Kulvik, Barbro. ‘Exhibition of Alvar Aalto’s design in New York’ Form Function Finland no.4,, 1984 pp.42-43

8. Pallasmaam, Juhani. Alvar Aalto furniture. Helsinki: Museum of Finnish Architecture, 1984

9. Pearson, Paul David. Alvar Aalto and the International Style. London: Mitchell, 1990

10. Scandinavian Modern Design 1880-1980. Edited by David Revere McFadden New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1982 [Catalogue of an exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, and elsewhere]

11. Schildt, Goran. Alvar Aalto: the decisive years. New York: Rizzoli, 1986

12. Schildt, Göran. Alvar Aalto: the mature years. New York, NY: Rizzoli International Publications, 1991. Originally published as ‘Inhimillen tekijä, Alvar Aalto 1939-1976. (Helsinki: Otavo, 1990).

13. Sparke, Penny. ‘Aalto worship’ Design Week 24 January 1987 pp.13-15

14. Weale, Jo. Contributions of Designers to Comtemporary Furniture Design. PhD. thesis, Florida State University, 1989

15. Wrede, Stuart. ‘An archaeology of Aalto’ Progressive Architecture vol.106, no.2, February 1975 pp.57-67

16. ‘Aalto: interior architecture and furnishings’ Progressive Architecture vol.58, no.4, April 1977 pp.74-77


Alvar Aalto Museo 



Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Oxford Art Online [Subscription service] 

Design Museum, London 

Great Buildings Online 

Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online [Subscription service] 


Museum of Modern Art, New York 

National Art Library Catalogue, Victoria & Albert Museum 

Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. Biagrafiakeskus 

Vitra Design Museum 


YouTube. ArchiTV: Videolecture by Susanna Pettersson on Alvar Aalto • Van Schijndel House Utrecht [32 minutes] 

YouTube. ART: Alvar Aalto  

YouTube. Building the Alvar Aalto Church in Riola di Vergato, ended in 1978 [Commentary in Italian] 

YouTube. Chronology of Alvar Aalto Furniture  

YouTube. Documentary on Alvar Aalto. commenrary in French [14 minutes] 

YouTube. Muuratsalo Experimental Summer House by Alvar Aalto  

YouTube. Riola Parish Church by Alvar Aalto 

YouTube. Saynatsalo Town Hall; Alvar Aalto  

YouTube. Villa Mairea, Alvar Aalto masterpiece in Noormarkku [amateur film, 10 minutes] 

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