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VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

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Clth, 7 x 9.5 in. / 648 pgs / 500 color.

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CATALOG: FALL 2014 p. 14   

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Weil am Rhein, Germany
Vitra Design Museum, 09/27/14-03/15/15

  

VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

Alvar Aalto: Second Nature

Published by Vitra Design Museum
Edited by Jochen Eisenbrand, Mateo Kries. Text by Jochen Eisenbrand, Pedro Gadanho, Dörte Kuhlmann, Peter MacKeith, Mina Marefat, Silvia Micheli, Akos Moravánszky, Eric Mumford, Markku Norvasuo, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen.

Featured image is reproduced from <I>Alvar Aalto: Second Nature</I>.Described by the architectural critic Sigfried Giedion as the “Magus of the North,” Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) is the best-known Finnish architect of his generation and a leading proponent of a more human modernism. His buildings such as the Paimio Sanatorium (1933), the legendary Villa Mairea (1939) and the church of the Three Crosses in Vuoksenniska (1958), embody a masterful interplay of organic volumes, forms and materials. From door handles and lighting fixtures to built-in furniture, Aalto frequently designed complete interiors down to the smallest detail. With his plywood chairs, the master builder additionally became one of the most significant designers of the twentieth century. His Savoy Vase represents the quintessential qualities of Finnish and organic design. This richly illustrated book is the first in many years to offer a comprehensive and current overview of Aalto’s oeuvre as an architect, designer and urban planner. Ten authors, including the renowned architectural historians Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen and Akos Moravanszky, and MoMA curator Pedro Gadanho, address central aspects of Aalto’s work. Particular attention is paid to Aalto’s dialogue with important artists of his day, including Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Jean Arp, Alexander Calder and Fernand Léger, as well as his interest in film, cinema and photography, whose influences on his work are examined here for the first time. The catalogue section presents numerous never-before-seen original drawings and architectural models from the archive of the Alvar Aalto Foundation. This perspective on Aalto is complemented with photographs by Armin Linke, who documented a number of Aalto’s buildings anew especially for this publication. As these images demonstrate, Aalto’s work is as current and inspiring today as it was at the time of its creation.

Featured image is reproduced from Alvar Aalto: Second Nature.

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/1/2014

Alvar Aalto: Second Nature

Alvar Aalto: Second NatureArmchair 41, designed by Alvar Aalto for his 1932 Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Paimio, Finland, is reproduced from Alvar Aalto: Second Nature, a featured title at our booth at Design Miami December 2-7. Vitra Design Museum Director Mateo Kries writes, "Aalto's furniture, vases and lighting [are] treated today as icons of modern design.... Their aesthetic is fascinatingly interwoven with that of Aalto's architectural works. The objects are shown to reflect forward-looking ideas regarding mass production, standardization and new manufacturing techniques, marking Aalto as a strategist and innovator with a crystal-clear intellect. For the production and distribution of his furniture, Aalto and several associates founded the company Artek in 1935, which quickly became a central address for the international avant-garde and—in Aalto's words—sought to cultivate 'mondial activities.' Today Artek would be described as a think tank, a transdisciplinary project combining furniture company, gallery, agency and research laboratory—in short, another tool Aalto could use to exert influence on a changing world." continue to blog


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