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Alvar Aalto
‘ANGEL’S WING’ FLOOR LAMP, MODEL NO. A 805
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Alvar Aalto
‘ANGEL’S WING’ FLOOR LAMP, MODEL NO. A 805
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Details & Cataloguing

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Alvar Aalto
‘ANGEL’S WING’ FLOOR LAMP, MODEL NO. A 805
impressed VALAISTUSTYÖ 805
lacquered metal, brass, leather
172 cm (67  3/4  in.)
circa 1954
produced by Valaistustyö Ky, Helsinki, Finland
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Literature

Peter Reed, ed., Alvar Aalto: Between Humanism and Modernism, exh. cat., New York, 1998, p. 235, cat. no. 237
Thomas Kellein, ed., alvar & aino aalto. design: collection bischofberger, exh. cat., Zurich, p. 186

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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