Posts tagged as 'Alvar Aalto'

Thu 27.2.

Grand-Hornu Images: Alvar Aalto Lightings Exhibition

Posted by Walter Phillips on 27.02.2014 - Tagged as: , ,

Grand-Hornu: Alvar Aalto Lightings Exhibition, photo: (c)Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Museum

Grand-Hornu: Alvar Aalto Lightings Exhibition, photo: (c)Maija Holma Alvar Aalto Museum

Belgium’s Grand-Hornu Images is dedicating its next exhibition to Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), one of the pioneers in the quest for solutions to perfect the lighting inside buildings.

 

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Click above to visit our Alvar Aalto Restaurant Savoy photo gallery on the Architonic Facebook page

One of the hottest design spots in cool Helsinki has got to be Alvar Aalto-designed Restaurant Savoy, which Architonic had the pleasure of reacquainting itself with last week during Helsinki Design Week.

 

Opening in 1937, the venue is a true Scandinavian-modernist ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’, with Aalto and his wife Aino responsible for the space’s ceiling and wall birch veneers, furniture and lighting. But by far its most famous detail is the ‘Savoy Vase’ (nowadays known internationally as the ‘Aalto Vase’), whose undulating glass form has become a highly recognisable, small-scale metaphor for Aalto’s work as a whole. Originally designed in 1936 for a competition organised by glass manufacturer Karhula-Iittala, the rights to the piece were acquired by the newly opened restaurant. (more…)