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and most influential architects of the Scandinavian modern movement, and a member of the Congres Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne. Major architectural works include Finlandia Hall, Paimio Sanitarium, and Restaurant Savoy. Aino and Alvar Aalto not only would design a building, but it's interior features to create an entire work of art. The furniture, lighting, and glassware put into these buildings have become just as iconic as the structure itself, and Aalto afficianados can enjoy the famous designs in their own home.
Born Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto in Kuortane, Finland, Alvar Aalto was noted
for his humanistic approach to modernism. He studied architecture at the
Helsinki University of Technology from 1916 to 1921, and returned to
Jyväskylä, where he opened his first architectural office in 1923.
The following year he married architect Aino Marsio, who would become
his partner both in life and work. Aalto's furniture design is easily
recognized by the unique method of bending wood he patented; most
famously, the stackable Stool 60 from Artek. Often called the "L-leg" as an
ode to its distinctive shape, it can be found on most of his furniture forms.
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