Alvar Aalto
(1898 - 1976)
Died at age 78 Birthday: Feb 3 Sign: Aquarius
Once bed-ridden for a while he was sensitive to draughts, lights, and noises.
Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto, a Scandinavian architect from Finland, was a unique functionalist and expressionist architect who was adept at handling the mixture of materials, light, and space. He strove for architecture that worked comfortably with tradition, nature, mechanization, flexibility and standardization. His differentiation in design around the world was partly due to his balancing and integration of topography, climate, nature, and national traditions.
Alvar Aalto Quotes

  • “I do not write, I build.”
  • “Nothing is as dangerous in architecture as dealing with separated problems. If we split life into separated problems we split the possibilities to make good building art.”
  • “Our time is so specialized that we have people who know more and more or less and less.”
  • “In artistic creation, conscious respect for the problems of our times includes a magnificent goal: that of taking industrialism step-by-step to where it will eventually have to arrive - at the status of a harmonious cultural factor.”
  • “Modern architecture does not mean the use of immature new materials; the main thing is to refine materials in a more human direction.”
  • “Building art is a synthesis of life in materialized form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together.”
  • “Yes, of course you can and must fly, but it should be with one foot on the ground - or at least a big toe.”
  • “Always be a gentleman.”

The eldest of three children his father was a surveyor.

A Finnish architect who designed buildings and town plans, furniture, glassware, and jewelry.

Designed Finnish Pavilions for the 1936 World’s Fair in Paris and the 1939 World’s Fair in New York.

Designed a vase that was shown in the 1937 World’s Fair of Paris. The theme of the fair was “ "Art and Technology in Modern Life” and the vase was apart of the housewares collection. The vase has been produced and for 70 years and is currently for sale from the Iittala factory in Finland.

His furniture designs were experiments of sorts. He was one of the first to use bent-wood and plywood, and also designed anthropomorphic stackable stools.

Frank Lloyd Wright called Aalto a genius.

One of the fathers of the Modern movement/The International Style - and shares this honor with Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Theo van Doesburg, and Philip Johnson.

May 11, 1976: Died in Helsinki