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Alvar Aalto
SET OF THREE LARGE 'BEEHIVE' CEILING LIGHTS, MODEL NO. A 332, DESIGNED FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF JYVÄSKYLÄ
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Alvar Aalto
SET OF THREE LARGE 'BEEHIVE' CEILING LIGHTS, MODEL NO. A 332, DESIGNED FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF JYVÄSKYLÄ
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Alvar Aalto
SET OF THREE LARGE 'BEEHIVE' CEILING LIGHTS, MODEL NO. A 332, DESIGNED FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF JYVÄSKYLÄ
two impressed VALAISTUSTYÖ A 332, one erroneously impressed VALAISTUSTYÖ A 335 A
painted aluminium, brass
each: 36 x 31 cm diameter (14  1/8  x 12  1/4  in.)
circa 1953
manufactured by Valaistustyö Ky, Helsinki, Finland
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Literature

domus, no. 810, December 1998, p. 43, figs 8, 9 and 12 for related examples and a drawing
Thomas Kellein, ed., alvar & aino aalto. design, collection bischofberger, exh. cat., Zurich, 2005, p. 181

Catalogue Note

“Modern architecture does not mean the use of immature new materials; the main thing is to refine materials in a more human direction.” All of Aalto’s architectural masterpieces were considered to be total concepts. Each element, including the lighting and fixtures, were designed by Aalto himself in each of his projects, so that the finished work would be a total work of art. The integration with nature played an important role. Aalto tended to employ his lighting designs as an accent to natural lighting, and as such, wanted each lighting design to be ‘touchable by the gaze’. The materials for the lights were carefully considered. Brass, spun aluminium, leather and various finishes were selected for their ability to transmit and control light. Aalto initially relied on Paavo Tynell’s Taito Oy lighting firm to produce his designs. He then collaborated with master metalsmith Vilijo Hirvonen who produced many of the initial prototypes before beginning production with the famous Valaistustyö firm.

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