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Alvar Aalto Screens and Room Dividers

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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Pinewood Room Divider by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, 1940s
By Artek, Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful room divider by Alvar Aalto, made from vertical slats of pine, snugly adjoined. Can be shaped in various ways and stands steadily on the ground. Original condition with som...
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1940s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Screens and Room Dividers

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Folding “Screen 100” Designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Finland, 1936
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Located in Stockholm, SE
Pine. Measures: H: 150 cm/ 4' 11'' L: 230 cm/ 7' 6 1/2'' D (rolled): 20 cm/ 7 7/8".
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Alvar Aalto Room Divider Model 100 Produced by Artek in Finland
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Malmo, SE
Room divider model 100 designed by Alvar Aalto. Produced by Artek in Finland.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Screens and Room Dividers

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Pine

Alvar Aalto Room / Screen Divider, Finland, 1960s
By Alvar Aalto
Located in Stockholm, SE
Excellent vintage condition with signs of usage and patina. Pinewood. Produced by Artek, Finland, late 1960s. Measures: Height 150 cm W 200 cm.
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1930s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Screens and Room Dividers

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Midcentury Screen Room Divider in Patinated Pine by Alvar Aalto, Findland
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Alvar Aalto Screens and Room Dividers

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