Described by the architectural critic Sigfried Giedion as the “Magus of the North,” Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) is the best-known Finnish architect of his generation and a leading proponent of a more human modernism.
In this well researched and fascinating survey, ten authors, including the renowned architectural historians Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen and Akos Moravanszky, and MoMA curator Pedro Gadanho, address aspects of Aalto’s work including Aalto’s dialogue with important artists of his day and his interest in film, cinema and photography. The catalogue section presents numerous never-before-seen original drawings and architectural models from the archive of the Alvar Aalto Foundation. This perspective on Aalto is complemented with photographs by Armin Linke, who documented a number of Aalto’s buildings anew especially for this publication. As these images demonstrate, Aalto’s work is as current and inspiring today as it was at the time of its creation.
Author: Mateo Kries, Director of the Vitra Design Museum
Hardcover: 648 pages
Date published: October 2014
Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17.4 cm
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