April 11, 2012 § 4 Comments

Let’s hop over to Finland for the day and take a look at Alvar Aalto’s Aalto Vase. Exhibited at the 1937 Paris Expo, the vase was an instant classic with its Aalto-organic shape and fine glass sculpting.

I have professed my love for Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto a handful of times before but let me repeat, “I LOVE Alvar Aalto!” For all you non-architecture folk, Alvar Aalto is one of (if not THE) the Nordic’s most influential architects in the 20th century and one of my personal favorites.

I stumbled upon this interesting video describing the design and glass blown process of the Aalto vase that I thought I would share.


§ 4 Responses to watercolorWEDNESDAY XXXII

  • mraley says:

    When I lived in Oregon, I used to visit Mt. Angel Abbey and the seminary library, which was designed by Aalto. Beautiful space! http://www.mountangelabbey.org/library/index.html

  • elizabethweaver says:

    Very nice…so heart like.

  • Lars says:

    Very nice watercolor.

    It’s hard to believe Alvar Aalto’s Savoy Vase was designed all the way back in 1936. I think it was more popular than ever here in Denmark in the 90’s and almost every family would have one at their house. Most people would not think it’s much older than that because it still has a very modern and organic design.

    But the vase was actually not designed for the 1937 World Fair in Paris. Instead it was designed as an entry in a design competition for the Karhula-Iittala glassworks factory in 1936.
    The vase is still handcrafted at the Iittala glassworks factory today.
    The Aalto vase is a part of the winning contest entry “Eskimonaisen nahkahousut” (“Eskimo woman’s leather trousers”) designed by Alvar Aalto for the Karhula-Iittala design contest in 1936.
    But it’s true that the vase was later presented at the Paris World Fair the following year, but it was not designed for the Paris World Fair.

    Btw. Finland is actually not part of Scandinavia, so technically Alvar Aalto is not a Scandinavian architect.

    “Scandinavia is a historical cultural-linguistic region in northern Europe that includes the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden…”

    Finland is part of the Nordic countries, but not part of Scandinavia.
    People outside the Nordic region often mix up the two different terms “Scandianvia” and “Nordic countries”. If you ask an American they will often say Finland is part of Scandinavia, but if you ask people from Scandinavia they will all say Finland is not part of Scandinavia.
    (“Nordic countries” = “Norden” in Danish).

  • Nuno says:

    Very nice. Thanks for the video.

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