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
“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.
Overall very good condition consistent with age and gentle use. The shade in good condition with minor oxidation and scattered scuff marks. A minor hole to the leather of the bottom of the stem. The leather to the base with scattered marks and moderate scuffing concentrated to the upper edges of the base and a linear dent across the diameter of the base. Sothebys does not guarantee electrical components and suggests having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."