Alvar Aalto - Design New York Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Dansk Møbelkunst, Copenhagen
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Juhani Pallasmaa, ed., Alvar Aalto Furniture, exh. cat., Museum of Finnish Architecture Finnish Society of Crafts and Design Artek, Helsinki, 1984, pp. 12, 76, 80, 86-89, 91, 126, 132-33
    Pirkko Tuukkanen, ed., Alvar Aalto Designer, Vammala, 2002, pp. 18, 71, 160, 165
    Nina Stritzler-Levine, ed., Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World, exh. cat., Bard Graduate Center, New Haven, 2016, throughout

  • Artist Biography

    Alvar Aalto

    Finnish • 1898 - 1976

    In contrast with the functionalism of the International Style (as well the neoclassicism put forward by the Nazi and Soviet regimes), Alvar Aalto brought a refreshing breath of humanism to modern design: "True architecture exists only where man stands in the center," he wrote. Aalto designed furniture in stack-laminated plywood composed of Finnish birch, which was cost-effective and lent warmth to his interiors. Aalto also revived Finnish glass design with his entries in the various Karhula-Iitala glassworks competitions throughout the 1930s.

    In 1936 he won first place for a collection of colorful, wavy vases in various sizes titled Eskimoerindens skinnbuxa (The Eskimo Woman’s Leather Breeches). The vases were an immediate success and the most popular size, now known as the "Savoy" vase, is still in production today. Aalto's freeform designs, in harmony with human needs and nature, anticipated the organic modernism of the 1950s and 1960s; in particular, his innovations in bent plywood had a major impact on designers such as Charles and Ray Eames.

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Pair of "Paimio" armchairs, model no. 41

designed 1931-1932, likely executed 1950s
Birch-veneered plywood.
Each: 26 x 24 x 29 1/2 in. (66 x 61 x 74.9 cm)
Manufactured by Artek, Finland.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $15,000

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New York Auction 6 June 2018