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Alvar Aalto Lighting

Alvar Aalto (Finland, 1898–1976)
Alvar Aalto (Finland, 1898–1976)

An architect and designer, Alvar Aalto deserves an immense share of the credit for bringing Scandinavian modernism to a prominent place in the global arena. In both his buildings and in his furnishings — which range from chairs, tables and lighting to table- and glassware — Aalto’s sensitivity to the natural world and to organic forms and materials tempered the hardness of rationalist design.

Relatively few Aalto buildings exist outside Finland. (Just four exist in the United States, and only one — the sinuous 1945 Baker House dormitory at M.I.T. — is easily visited.) International attention came to Aalto, whose surname translates to English as “wave,” primarily through his furniture.

Instead of the tubular metal framing favored by the Bauhaus designers and Le Corbusier, Aalto insisted on wood. His aesthetic is best represented by the Paimio armchair, developed in 1930 as part of his overall design of a Finnish tuberculosis sanatorium. Comfortable, yet light enough to be easily moved by patients, the chair’s frame is composed of two laminated birch loops; the seat and back are formed from a single sheet of plywood that scrolls under at the headrest and beneath the knees, creating a sort of pillow effect. Aalto’s use of plywood had enormous influence on Charles Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Marcel Breuer and others who later came to the material.

Concerned with keeping up standards of quality in the production of his designs, Aalto formed the still-extant company Artek in 1935, along with his wife, Aino Aalto, whose glass designs were made by the firm. In the latter medium, in 1936 the Aaltos together created the iconic, undulating Savoy vase, so-called for the luxe Helsinki restaurant for which the piece was designed. Artek also produced Aalto lighting designs, many of which — such as the Angel’s Wing floor lamp and the Beehive pendant — incorporate a signature Aalto detail: shades made of concentric enameled-metal rings graduated down in diameter. The effect of the technique is essential Alvar Aalto: at once precise, simple, and somehow poetic.

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Pendant by Alvar Allato for Valaistostyo
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pendant designed by Alvar Aalto to Valaistostyo Ky, Finland. Model A-203, Circa 1950th. Lacquered metal with brass elements. Stamped by manufacturer. Existing wires, rewiring avai...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal

Pair of Lighting by Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pair of rare, custom order flush mount lights designed by Alvar Aalto for Itsu, Model "AE-7055". Finland, circa 1950th. Lacquered metal. Stamped by manufacturer. Existing wires, re...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Sheet Metal

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lacquered meatal. Measures: H 21 cm / 8 1/8" W 115 cm / 3' 9 1/8" D 33 cm / 8 1/8" Provenance: From Stora Enson's head office in Helsinki, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1962.
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lacquered meatal. Measures: H 21 cm / 8 1/8" W 115 cm / 3' 9 1/8" D 33 cm / 8 1/8" Provenance: From Stora Enson's head office in Helsinki, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1962.
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal

Alvar Aalto ‘Angel Wing’ Floor Lamp Model A805 for Valaistustyö Ky, Finland 1954
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Utrecht, NL
Originally designed by Alvar Aalto for the National Pensions Institute in Helsinki in 1954, the A805 model, better known as the “Angel Wing” floor lamp, is a true modern icon. Th...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Alvar Aalto Pendant Wall Lamp, Louis Poulsen, 1960s Scandinavian Modern
By Louis Poulsen, Alvar Aalto
Located in Odense, DK
Vintage Alvar Aalto pendant "16531" in original black lacquer made at Louis Poulsen, Denmark in the 1960s. The wall fixture is in patinated oak and was made in the by designers A. Ba...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Aluminum

Floor Lamp by Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Model A811 - rare floor lamp in brass, white lacquered metal and black leather, 1960s. Maker Valaistustyö.
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal

Ceiling Light Model A 335 Designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaja Oy, Finland
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Brass and lacquered metal. Measures: Height of the shade: 40 cm/ 15 3/4'' Total height 65 cm/ 25 1/2''.  
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Rare Alvar Aalto Adjustable Wall Lamp in Brass
By Alvar Aalto, Valaistustyö
Located in Copenhagen, DK
ALVAR AALTO & VALAISTUTYO - SCANDINAVIAN MODERN A rare wall light in brass by Alvar Aalto. The light is a version of the Classic Alvar Aalto Golden bell model A 3305 pendant. Origi...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass

Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaja Oy 'Beehive' Pendant Lamps in White Metal
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaja Oy, pendant lamps 'Beehive' model A331, metal, brass, Finland, 1953. The pendant lamp model A331 by Alvar Aalto carries the nickname 'Beehive' since its...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman
By Alvar Aalto, Idman
Located in Stockholm, SE
Finland, 1960s. Painted metal. Stamped. Measures: H 16 cm / 6 1/4" W 60 cm / 23 1/2 " D 60 cm / 23 1/2" Provenance: From Stora Enso's head office in Helsinki, designed by...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman
By Alvar Aalto, Idman
Located in Stockholm, SE
Finland, 1960s. Painted metal. Stamped. Measures: H 16 cm / 6 1/4" W 60 cm / 23 1/2 " D 60 cm / 23 1/2" Provenance from Stora Enso's head office in Helsinki, designed by ...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman
By Alvar Aalto, Idman
Located in Stockholm, SE
Finland, 1960s. Painted metal. Stamped. Measures: H 16 cm / 6 1/4" W 60 cm / 23 1/2 " D 60 cm / 23 1/2" Provenance from Stora Enso's head office in Helsinki, designed by ...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman
By Alvar Aalto, Idman
Located in Stockholm, SE
Finland, 1960s. Painted metal. Stamped. Measures: H 16 cm / 6 1/4" W 60 cm / 23 1/2 " D 60 cm / 23 1/2" Provenance: From Stora Enso's head office in Helsinki, designed by...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal

Vintage Alvar Aalto "A808" Floor Lamp in Brass Steel and Leather, Finland, 1955
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
Alvar Aalto Finland, 1950s “A808” in brass and steel covered in leather. The lamp was designed for the National Pensions Institute in Helsinki in 1955. About Finnish arc...
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1950s Finnish Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass, Steel

Alvar Aalto Floor Lamp, circa 1954 'Angel Wing'
By Alvar Aalto, Valaistustyö
Located in London, GB
Original and rare floor lamp. Model A805, 'Angel Wing', designed by Alvar Aalto. Produced by Valaistustyö in Finland circa 1954 Light has been rewired. Is in original 1950s co...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Wall Lamps, Designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Brass and lacquered steel. Very rare example. Measures: Total depth 50 cm / 1' 6 1/2" D 30 cm / 9 3/4" H 18 cm / 6".
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass, Steel

Table Lamp Model 2466 Designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Brass and silk shade. Measures: H 66 cm/ 26" D 44 cm/ 17 1/2".
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass

Ceiling Lamp ‘Beehive’ Model A331 Designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyo
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Finland. 1953. Painted aluminium and polished brass. Measures: H 29,5 cm/ 11 3/4" D 39 cm/ 15 3/8".
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass

Set of Three “Handgrenade” Pendant Lights Designed by Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Finland, 1950s Three brass pendants, manufactured by Louis Poulsen with license from Valaistustyö. Measures: H 33.5 cm / 1' 1 1/5" D 12.5 cm / 5" Sold individually.
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass

Floor Lamp “Angel Wing” Designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Shade white painted steel. Base and shaft covered with black leather. Polished brass fittings. Measures: H 170.5 cm/ 5' 7 5/8” W 52 cm/ 20 1/2".  
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass, Steel

Alvar Aalto Golden Bell Pendant Lamp, circa 1950
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Pendant lamp designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1935 for the Savoy restaurant in Helsinki. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful p...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass

Alvar Aalto Golden Bell Pendant Lamp, circa 1950
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Pendant lamp designed by Alvar Aalto, circa 1935 for the Savoy restaurant in Helsinki. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful p...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass

Alvar Aalto Model A808 Brass Floor Lamp
By Valaisinpaja Oy, Alvar Aalto
Located in Madrid, ES
The A808 lamp was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1955 for the National Pensions Institute of Helsinki. This floor lamp has been manufactured by Valaisinpaja Oy, Finland in circa 1970s. T...
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20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Steel, Brass

Ceiling Lamp, Model A203, Designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Finland, 1940s. Lacquered metal and brass. Measures: H 160 cm / 5' 3" W 68 cm / 2' 2 3/4" D 29 cm / 11 1/4" Provenance: From Stora Enson's head office in Helsinki, designed ...
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lacquered metal. Measures: H 21 cm / 8 1/8" W 115 cm / 3' 9 1/8" D 33 cm / 8 1/8" Provenance: From Stora Enson's head office in Helsinki, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1962.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal

Ceiling Lamp Designed by Alvar Aalto for Idman, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lacquered meatal. Measures: H 21 cm / 8 1/8" W 115 cm / 3' 9 1/8" D 33 cm / 8 1/8" Provenance: From Stora Enson's head office in Helsinki, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1962.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal

Paavo Tynell and Alvar Aalto Perforated Brass Pendant Light for Taito Oy
By Paavo Tynell, Alvar Aalto
Located in Madrid, ES
A polished and perforated brass pendant light designed jointly by Paavo Tynell and his pupil, Alvar Aalto and edited by Taito Oy in the 1940s. A collection piece.  
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1940s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass

Original Midcentury Bell Pendant by Alvar Aalto, 1950s
By Louis Poulsen, Alvar Aalto
Located in Lejre, DK
Golden bell pendant in patinated brass designed by Alvar Aalto for Louis Poulsen in 1939. Made in Denmark. Great condition.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass

Alvar Aalto, a Vintage Pair "Golden Bell" Pendants, Louis Poulsen, 1960s
By Louis Poulsen, Alvar Aalto
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Alvar Aalto - A vintage pair "Golden Bells" pendants - Louis Poulsen 1960s Artist Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto (Kuortane 1898 - Helsinki 1976) was a Finnish Modernist Architect and desig...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Alvar Aalto 20th century Finnish hanging lamp “A 335” Artek, 1956 white mental
By Alvar Aalto, Artek
Located in Barcelona, ES
Ceiling lamp model “A 335”. Manufactured by Artek, Finland, 1956. White painted metal. Mid- century Finnish // Nordic Chandelier Measurement 40 cm height, 15,7 in height. Literature...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal

Alvar Aalto Floor Lamp Angel Wing A805, Black Leather Brass White Metal, 1954
By Valaisinpaja Oy, Alvar Aalto
Located in Graz, AT
An early floor lamp model A805 'Angel Wing' designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaja Oy, Finland, manufactured in midcentury, circa 1954. The light originally was designed for the Na...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass, Metal

1950s Finnish Model A110 "Hand Grenade" Pendant Lamp by Alvar Aalto
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An early production "Hand Grenade" pendant, model no. A110, with a cylindrical form and retaining its original off-white lacquer. Sold individually.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal

Alvar Aalto A703 "Visor" Lamp for Valaistustyo, Stamped by Maker, 1957
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Alvar Aalto table / desk light designed 1957 for Valaistustyo, Finland. Enameled steel black base and shade with contrasting white visor. Goose neck arm for shade orientation. Sta...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Steel

1950s Finnish 'Golden Bell' Brass Ceiling Lamp by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyo
By Alvar Aalto, Valaistustyö
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An early, original production of the iconic "Golden Bell" brass ceiling lamp. Model A330.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass

Alvar Aalto, Original Production Larger Size Beehive Lamp, Valaistustyo Ky
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyo Ky, Finland circa 1953. An original "Beehive" lamp in the much less often seen larger version which features 6 rings rather than the usual five. White en...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal

"Beehive" Ceiling Lamp Model A331 by Alvar Aalto, Valaisinpaja OY, Finland 1960s
By Alvar Aalto, Valaisinpaja Oy
Located in Stockholm, SE
Ceiling lamp model A331 or "beehive" designed by Alvar Aalto. Produced by Valaisinpaja in Finland during the 1960s. Made from white lacquered aluminum and perforated brass. Very good...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass, Aluminum

Floor Lamp Model A809 Designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö, Finland, 1959
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lacquered steel, brass and leather. Measures: H 170 cm/ 5' 7 ¼” W 60 cm/ 2' D 40 cm/ 15 ¾”.
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass, Steel

Table Lamp Model A704 Designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Lacquered metal and leather. Measures: H 38 cm/ 15" D 38 cm/ 15" W 36 cm/ 14 1/8".    
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal

Floor Lamp A811 Designed by Alvar Aalto for Valaistustyö, Finland, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Cast iron, brass, lacquered metal and leather. Rare model. Measures: H 160 cm/ 5' 3”.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal, Iron

1950s White Enameled Metal Shades Floor Lamp by Alvar Aalto
By Valaistustyö, Alvar Aalto
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Floor lamp, enameled metal shade, leather covered stem, Alvar Aalto, Finland, 1953 This magnificent floor lamp was designed by the renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The lamp...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal, Brass

1970s Scandinavian Modern Desk Lamp by Alvar Aalto for Artek
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A fully adjustable desk lamp in black and white lacquered metal with a folded metal base, flexible steel stem and an innovative pivoting reflector hood.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal, Steel

Alvar Aalto, First Production "Beehive" Ceiling Lamp, Painted Aluminum, Brass
By Valaistustyö, Alvar Aalto
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early organic Beehive ceiling lamp / pendant designed by Alvar Aalto in 1953 and produced by Valaistustyö Ky, Finland. Height adjustable. As illustrated in images, lamp produces a...
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1950s European Organic Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Aluminum, Brass

Alvar Aalto Early Floor Lamp Model A 808 by Valaistustyö in Finland
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Malmo, SE
Very rare and early floor lamp model A 808 designed by Alvar Aalto. Produced by Valaistustyö in Finland. Designed for National Pensions Institute in Helsinki.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass

Alvar Aalto Model A805 'Angel Wing' Floor Lamp
By Valaisinpaja Oy, Alvar Aalto
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning floor lamp model A805 'Angel Wing' designed by Alvar Aalto in 1954 and later manufactured by Valaisinpaja Oy, Finland with white louvered metal shade, shaft and base covered...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Alva Aalto Floor Lamp Model A808 for Valaitustyo Ky, 1950s
By Alvar Aalto, Valaistustyö
Located in Madrid, ES
An Alvar Alto floor lamp edited by Valaitustyo Ky in the early 1950s. Brass shade, white metal; black leather-covered lamp stand. Early edition. Top impressed with "Valaitustyio A 80...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass

Alvar Aalto, Early Floor Lights A808
By Valaistustyö, Alvar Aalto
Located in Copenhagen, DK
ALVAR AALTO - SCANDINAVIAN MODERN. A magnificent pair of Alvar Aalto standard lamps model A808, designed for the national pensions institute, Helsinki, 1952. Manufactured by Valai...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass

Alvar Aalto Angel Wing Floor Lamp by Valaistustyö in Finland
By Alvar Aalto, Valaistustyö
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare and 1st production angel wing floor lamp model A805 designed by Alvar Aalto. Produced by Valaistustyö in Finland.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass

Alvar Aalto Angel Wing Floor Lamp Model A805 by Valaistustyö in Finland
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare and first production angel wing floor lamp model A805 designed by Alvar Aalto. Produced by Valaistustyö in Finland.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Brass, Steel

Alvar Aalto Angel Wing Floor Lamp Model A805 by Valaistustyö in Finland
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare and 1st production angel wing floor lamp model A805 designed by Alvar Aalto. Produced by Valaistustyö in Finland.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Leather, Lacquer

Alvar Aalto A810 Floor Lamp, Valaisinpaja Oy, Finland
By Valaisinpaja Oy, Alvar Aalto
Located in London, GB
Alvar Aalto A810 floor lamp, produced by Valaisinpaja Oy, Finland with makers mark. White painted metal double shades. Brass stem and leather bound stem and base. Very good vintage c...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Floor Lamp A809 by Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaja Oy
By Valaisinpaja Oy, Alvar Aalto
Located in JM Haarlem, NL
Beautiful iconic floor lamp, Model A809 by Alvar Aalto for Valaisinpaja Oy, Finland. Off-white lacquered metal shades, brass details, black leather-wrapped metal stem and base. Wire ...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Lighting

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Metal, Brass