Cantilever chair "Model no. 31", 1932
"Flower" set of vases, 1939
"Savoy" vase, 1932

Exhibition: Alvar Aalto in Helsinki

The Design Museum Helsinki, Finland, presents the exhibition "Alvar Aalto – Master of Finnish Functionalism" until September 26, 2004. A special focus is placed on Aalto's early works, jewelry design and paintings – aspects that never stood in the foreground in exhibitions of his work in the past.


Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) became famous with his revolutionary chair design during the 1930s, for example the bentwood chairs "Model no. 31" and "Model no. 41". Organic shapes and experiments with wood were his trademarks. He rejected artificially produced materials like tubular steel for furniture. The Design Museum mainly presents Aalto but also the creative environment to which he was closely connected and which he decisively influenced: Aino Marsio-Aalto, Elissa Aalto and Maija Heikinheimo.


Aalto's early furniture has a rich formal language, while his famous classics from the 1930s have a rather minimalist design. Aalto was also a painter and artist, but the majority of his paintings are unknown to the public. The exhibition shows Aalto's furniture as well as his paintings, jewelry and designs.

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Design Museum

Korkeavuorenkatu 23

00130 Helsinki