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Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto

Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto was a native of Finland. Born February 3, 1898, Alvar studied architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology, though his studies were interrupted by his enrollment in the White Army during the Finnish Civil War. 

In 1923 he opened his first achitectural office, and in 1924 married Aino Marsio, a fellow architect.  While Aalto was predominantly famous for his architecture, his furniture designs were well received and remain popular today.  During the 1920's and 1930's he worked focused heavily on furniture design with his wife, Aino.  During this period they developed the Paimio chair, arguably his most famous furniture design.  Originally the Paimio chair was designed for tuberculosis patients for the Paimo Sanatorium, but in creating this piece Alvar Aalto became the first furniture designer to apply the cantilever principle in chair design using wood.  Alvar Aalto was also known for his glassware, lamps, vases, sculptures, and paintings.