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This summer, The Modern House visited Helsinki, for a trip characterised by architectural sightseeing, design store shopping and saunas. But one unequivocal highlight emerged: that of Alvar Aalto’s house and studio. In a special edition of our 'Best in Class' series, we're featuring the two buildings on our Journal.

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The Chair 69 is one of Aalto's designs. Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), one of the founders of Artek, was born in Kuortane, Finland. Alvar Aalto is recognized today as one of the great masters of modern architecture. He began designing furnishings as a natural and important extension of his architectural thinking. Alvar Aalto's furniture and lighting pieces form the basis of the Artek range. Chair 69 is one of Artek’s most popular chairs, a universal wooden chair in the tradition of classic kitchen…

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Aalto Savoy Glass Vase, 6.25" by Alvar Aalto for Iittala Designed by Alvar Aalto in 1936 for Karhula, the vase was based on a woman's dress and formed by the traditional manner of blowing glass into a wet wooden mold. The vase became known as the Savoy vase due to it being included in a project for the Savoy restaurant in Helsinki. It also was included in the Paris Exhibition that same year. Dimensions: 9.2" x 8.8" x 6.25"h. Additional pieces in the Alvar Aalto Collection by Iittala are…

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The stackable stool 60 created in 1933 by Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) represents the quintessence of functionalist furniture design. The simple idea behind this now-classic stool is based on three bent legs and a round seat. The secret of the original Aalto stool's success lies in its legs' unique bends that eventually became the distinctive feature of all Aalto furniture. Details Design Country: Finland Material: Walnut, Laminate, Linoleum, Lacquered or natural walnut veneer seat Dimensions…

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:: Beautiful vintage circa 1960s Alvar Aalto style stool. Chippy vintage paint in orange and ivory. Unique curved top that we haven't seen on others. Sturdy build, although due to the paint we are unable to verify authenticity and are selling as a decorative accent piece -- may be authentic Alvar Aalto or is an aged piece certainly crafted in the style of his design. Condition notes: paint is chipping especially on legs, could either be removed by professional or used in as is condition…

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Your simple, solid wood stool design Originally designed by Alvar Aalto in 1933, the Stool 60 from Artek is simple, well-structured, and entirely iconic. Crafted from solid birch wood, with a high-pressure laminate surface, this three-legged stool offers a pleasant, low-profile seating option ideal for accentuating dining, work, and play spaces alike. Available in a wide variety of colors and finishes, this stool can easily be paired with various interior decor schemes and both wood and…

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Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto for Artek Alvar Aalto's iconic Stool 60 is the most elemental of furniture pieces, equally suitable as a table or display surface. Projecting a sense of relaxed familiarity on 3-legs, Stool 60 is comfortably at home anywhere you choose to place it. The legs are mounted directly to the underside of the round seat without the need for complicated connecting elements. Thanks to its geometry, Stool 60 can be stacked to save space in a spiraling tower sculpture. Millions…

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Finlandia Vase by Alvar Aalto for Iittala A more tapered, taller version of the classic Savoy Vase by Alvar Aalto. Alvar Aalto famously never dictated how his iconic glass vases should be used. It was his belief that the owner should decide. Perhaps it is this freedom to interpret that has helped the Alvar Aalto Collection remain both timeless and fresh. The Alvar Aalto Finlandia vase can be filled with flowers, branches, fairly lights, or anything you can imagine. Dimensions: 7.84" x 8" x…

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Savoy Vase, 4.75" by Alvar Aalto for Iittala Designed by Alvar Aalto in 1936 for Karhula, the vase was based on a woman's dress and formed by the traditional manner of blowing glass into a wet wooden mold. The vase became known as the Savoy vase due to it being included in a project for the Savoy restaurant in Helsinki. It also was included in the Paris Exhibition that same year. 6.96" x 6.8" x 4.75" h. Available in multiple colors. Additional items in the Alvar Aalto Collection are…

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Low Bowl by Alvar Aalto for Iittala Designed by Alvar Aalto in 1936 for Karhula, the original form for this item was based on a woman's dress and formed by the traditional manner of blowing glass into a wet wooden mold. The vase became known as the Savoy vase due to it being included in a project for the Savoy restaurant in Helsinki. It also was included in the Paris Exhibition that same year. The low bowl version of the Aalto vase is perfect for everything from nuts to potpourri; Aalto…

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