‘I do not write, I build‘, said Alvar Aalto once, and he sure did. This architect developed a unique style and designed not only buildings but also very nice pieces of furniture that we still see today.
Alvar Aalto (1898 – 1976), is a world-known Finnish architect, sculptor, artist, and furniture designer. He was part of the Modern Movement of Architecture, but he developed his own style, based on modernist architecture combined with the usage of local materials and his own personal expression. Although Aalto was from a younger generation, he is considered one of the master architects of Modern Architecture, along with Le Corbusier, Mies Van Der Rohe and Walter Gropius, and today he is recognized as one of the most important architects from that country.
A towering figure of Modernist architecture, Alvar Aalto began his career in the ‘20s in what was then the newly-independent nation of Finland, helping define the style and aesthetic reputation of the rising Scandinavian nation. Aalto’s architectural creations, as well as his lighting, furniture and glassware, were total works of art, often Expressionist in style, imbued with a keen awareness for those who would live and work inside. “God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it,” he said. “Everything else is at least for me an abuse of paper.” Let’s find out more about him!