March 14, 2014

studio M INSPIRATION: Alvar Aalto

Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (1898 – 1976) was a Finnish architect and designer. His work includes architecture, furniture, textiles, and glassware. The span of his career, from the 1920s to the 1970s, is reflected in the styles of his work, ranging from Nordic Classicism of the early work, to a rational International Style Modernism during the 1930s, to a more organic modernist style from the 1940s onwards. What is typical for his entire career, however, is a concern for design as a Gesamtkunstwerk, a total work of art; whereby he – together with his first wife Aino Aalto – would design not just the building, but give special treatments to the interior surfaces and design furniture, lamps, and furnishings and glassware. In addition to recognizing Aalto’s contributions to architecture and design, today studio M would like to share this photograph of his impressive studio. Wouldn’t you love to have this as your workspace?

Alvar Aalto, (last visited Mar. 13, 2014).