Alvar Aalto

(1898-1976) Born in Kuortane, Finland. Thanks to his original style and unique talents, Alvar Aalto is one of the greatest names in modern architecture and design. He is considered a modern architect, yet his work exhibits a carefully crafted balance of intricate and complex forms, spaces, and elements, and reveals a traditionalism rooted in the cultural heritage and physical environment of Finland.

Over the course of his 50-year career, Alvar Aalto, unlike a number of his contemporaries, did not rely on modernism's fondness for industrialized processes as a compositional technique, but forged an architecture influenced by a broad spectrum of concerns.

Aalto's wide field of activity ranges from designing furniture and glassware to architecture and painting. His vase collection of glass design is known all over the world. Iittala took objects from the "Aalto" series into production because of their artictic values. Alvar Aalto collections were making the architects homes beautiful, but in the late 70`s the "Aalto" vase found its way to ordinary homes, first in Scandinavia, then all over the world. He designed 70 buildings for the town and its surroundings, 37 of which were realised.