Alvar Aalto

1898-1976
Lot 276
Alvar Aalto
Nesting tables (2)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $750
October 9, 2016
Lot 44
Alvar Aalto
Table and chairs (5)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,125
May 22, 2016
Lot 392
Alvar Aalto
Door handles (2)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,250
October 11, 2015
Lot 10
Alvar Aalto
Paimio tables (2)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,375
May 17, 2015
Lot 308
Alvar Aalto
Door handles (4)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $9,375
October 12, 2014
Lot 309
Alvar Aalto
Paimio chair
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,375
October 12, 2014
Lot 310
Alvar Aalto
Tea Trolly
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,125
October 12, 2014
Lot 3
Alvar Aalto
Cafe table
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,187
February 23, 2014
Lot 497
Alvar Aalto
Side chairs (6)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,125
October 13, 2013
Lot 498
Alvar Aalto
Savoy vases (2)
Estimate: $500 - $800
Price Realized: $3,125
October 13, 2013
Lot 428
Alvar Aalto
Side chairs (14)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,312
May 19, 2013
Lot 429
Alvar Aalto
Armchair
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,500
May 19, 2013
Lot 430
Alvar Aalto
Rare two-tiered table
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,750
May 19, 2013
Lot 94
Alvar Aalto
Sofabed
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $6,562
December 16, 2012
Lot 147
Alvar Aalto
Desk and rolling cabinet
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $1,250
October 7, 2012
Lot 148
Alvar Aalto
Rare Desk chair
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $2,250
October 7, 2012
Lot 149
Alvar Aalto
End table with shelf
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,625
October 7, 2012
Lot 150
Alvar Aalto
L-leg side chair
Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized: $218
October 7, 2012
Lot 386
Alvar Aalto
Dining table
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,750
October 7, 2012
Lot 387
Alvar Aalto
Wall shelf
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,250
October 7, 2012
Lot 388
Alvar Aalto
Occasional table
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,062
October 7, 2012
Lot 389
Alvar Aalto
Rare Sofa
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,750
October 7, 2012
Lot 32
Alvar Aalto
Dining suite (8)
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $2,250
December 11, 2011
Lot 33
Alvar Aalto
Bench
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $3,750
December 11, 2011
Lot 146
Alvar Aalto
Wall shelf
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $875
June 26, 2011
Lot 481
Alvar Aalto
Dining suite
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $3,675
October 17, 2010
Lot 482
Alvar Aalto
Pair of round serving tables
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,102
October 17, 2010
Lot 483
Alvar Aalto
Sideboard
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $612
October 17, 2010
Lot 204
Alvar Aalto
Stacking stools (3)
Estimate: $100 - $200
Price Realized: $918
May 23, 2010
Lot 430
Alvar Aalto
Dining table
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Price Realized: $2,450
May 23, 2010
Lot 322
Alvar Aalto
Light fixture
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $12,250
December 6, 2009
Lot 364
Alvar Aalto
Armchairs (2)
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $6,900
June 3, 2007

About The Artist

Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) is one of the most respected designers of the 20th century. Renowned for the humanism of his vision, Aalto built numerous buildings and complexes in Europe and the United States. He also regularly designed furniture, textiles and glassware specific to his building projects and, in the process, pioneered the treatment of materials such as plywood.

Aalto studied architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology, graduating in 1921. His first project was a house for his parents and he went on to establish his own practice in 1923 at Jyväskylä, in Finland. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Aalto travelled extensively to Sweden, the U.S. and, most importantly, in Italy where he discovered the Mediterranean culture that was to prove influential on his approach to design. His early projects reflect the classicism of his architectural training, though Aalto soon developed a more streamlined aesthetic. His work was compared to that of the Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius and Aalto became a member of CIAM, Congrès internationaux d'architecture moderne, in 1929, where he befriended many of the leading modernist architects of the day including Le Corbusier. His Finnish pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair brought him considerable international acclaim and increasingly led to commissions abroad including one of the dormitory buildings at MIT which he designed in the 1940s while teaching there as a visiting professor. 

Aalto’s designs are characterised by their curving organic forms and natural materials, as well as their functionality and practicality. One of his most heralded buildings, the Paimio Sanatorium (1929–32), was celebrated for the considerate way in which patient needs were incorporated into the design. There, Aalto maximised exterior views for bedridden patients and adapted the light, heating and furniture to their requirements. It was this attention to detail which led to the innovative bent plywood in his now iconic Paimio chair. The comfort and resiliency of these designs established his reputation and Aalto’s furniture continues to enjoy a dedicated following among collectors and design enthusiasts alike.

Aalto’s work has been the subject of numerous major international exhibitions, such as “Alvar Aalto: Through the Eyes of Shigeru Ban,” Barbican Art Gallery, London (2007), “Alvar Aalto: Between Humanism and Materialism,” Museum of Modern Art, New York (1998) and “Alvar Aalto,” Centre Pompidou, Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris (1988). Aalto’s work was also celebrated during his lifetime with retrospectives in Europe, including “Alvar Aalto,” Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1969) and “Alvar Aalto - Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich (1964).

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