59
JUMP TO LOT
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Design: Living in a Material World

|
London

Alvar Aalto
FLOOR LAMP, MODEL NO. A 809
impressed VALAISTUSTYÖ 809
lacquered metal, brass, leather
167.5 cm (66 in.)
circa 1959
produced by Valaistustyö Ky, Helsinki, Finland
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

Provenance

Architect Matti Tommola, Kotka, Finland
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

Markku Lahti, Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto, Vammala, 1996, p. 100
Edward Weston, Alvar Aalto, London, 1996, pp. 96, 159
Peter Reed, ed., Alvar Aalto: Between Humanism and Modernism, exh. cat., New York, 1998, p. 265, cat. no. 314
Thomas Kellein, ed., alvar & aino aalto. design: collection bischofberger, exh. cat., Zurich, p. 187

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.

Design: Living in a Material World

|
London