Legendary Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898 – 1976) is one of the most important designers of the 20th century. His work is a uniquely Scandinavian interpretation of modernist values and his approach was brilliantly consistent, unique and recognisable in each of the fields he chose to work in.
God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is at least for me an abuse of paper.
The roots of Iittala date back to 1881 when a glass factory was established in a village of the same name in southern Finland. In its early years Iittala produced blown, pressed, polished, painted and etched glass according to continental models.
Aalto is particularly well known and influential for his work in furniture. He worked with steam bent plywood to create designs which others had not considered. These designs inspired other groundbreaking 20th century designers like Charles and Ray Eames.
Aalto’s work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware, as well as sculptures and paintings, though he never regarded himself as an artist, seeing painting and sculpture as "branches of the tree whose trunk is architecture.
Husband and wife Alvar and Aino Aalto worked closely together. Photo taken 1940s