Short Film on Alvar Aalto Exhibition

I think the greatest compliment or recognition as a creative individual you can receive for your life’s work is that it outlives you and continues to inspire others after you pass. One designer that refuses to go away in this respect is Alvar Aalto, who Jackson’s are currently highlighting in a small exhibition in their Berlin wing. The classic approach to design that the Fin took has insured his work oversees generation upon generation, his work …

Read More
Mies, Aalto and Le Corbusier Interiors Photographed by Mary Gaudin

New Zealand born photographer Mary Gaudin has been impressing me lately with a selection of photography over on her portfolio website, particularly a section of it which documents a variety of architects homes and builds. Three of my favourites feature here, Alvar Aalto, his home and and office in Helsinki, Mies van der Rohe, The Barcelona Pavilion in Spain, and Le Corbusier …

Read More
Alvar Aalto Studio Outtakes by Leslie Williamson

One of the main things that keeps me constantly captivated and inspired is the small network we’ve been lucky enough to generate here. I love the idea that once we’ve shared the work of someone that isn’t always the end of the line, I like checking back and seeing how creatives works have progressed, it’s good to know people are getting the rewards and opportunities they deserve. Leslie William …

Read More
Inside the Iittala Glassware Factory

Last time I talked about Iittala I highlighted their new ceramic collection titled Sarjaton which is based on Finnish heritage with a crafted touch. At the time I was actually hunting for some photographs of the glassware that Iittala produce being made in their workshop, I was particularly interested in this because I heard they used a wooden mould which is hand carved. This instantly peaked my interest and I had to hunt around for …

Read More
Sarjaton by Iittala

I was pleased this afternoon when I came across the video that can be seen below produced by Iittala, originally a glass factory in Finland but they now make all sorts of objects to “enrich people’s everyday lives”. You may know them for one particular collaboration that took place with Alvar Aalto, producing a vase collection that was both fluid and organic, to this day they’re still mouth blown and it takes seven craftsmen working as …

Read More
Mixed Imagery from the Artek Catalogue

Today I’m going to revisit the one and only Artek, a company who we’ve talked about many times before here on the blog. Alvar Aalto is a massive inspiration and since Artek was co-founded by the man himself and three other inspired creatives, his wife Aino, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl, it makes sense that they sell top class furniture. The reason why I came across today’s set of imagery was because I found out about a project titled …

Read More
Designer Yrjö Kukkapuro for Apartamento Magazine #9

The fantastic blog that is Wo and We put me onto a series taken by photographer Osma Harvilahti for Apartamento Magazine issue number 9. Osma, who currently resides in New York, also has a wide array of other photography on her portfolio website, although it does mainly revolve around commissioned stuff and also some personal snaps from Finland. These ones I personally find most …

Read More
Riola Church and Parish Centre in Italy, Alvar Aalto

You probably already know this but I’m a massive fan of Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto, his works never fail to inspire and impress me. Also, every time I research the man I come across new information that I’ve never seen/heard before, the Alvar Aalto architecture file is a particularly great resource to use. A website that has fantastic explanations on every build that he’s ever design …

Read More
Ilmari Tapiovaara, His Life and Works

Today I decided to revert back to a video that I watched a few weeks ago produced by Artek which was an interesting introduction to Finnish designer Ilmari Tapiovaara. It got me thinking about his furniture and his eye for curves and fluidity, all of his pieces have a functional approach but at the same time they hold a real beauty about them. Ilmari was taught by many mid-century style masters, Alvar Aalto in particular where he work …

Read More
Enzo Mari and his Sedia 1 Chair

I’m sure you’ve seen this imagery of Enzo Mari before and his Sedia 1 chair but I couldn’t help but pull it up on my own terms and explain a bit about why I like it. Recently I’ve dived back into my “Super Normal” book by Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa which has inspired me heavily to go routing around more. For some reason after reading an interview with Jasper I wanted to revisit Enzo’s works and see if there were …

Read More
Maison Louis Carré by Alvar Aalto

Today I thought I’d bring over this imagery that I found last night thanks to my random perusing, it always leads me into good spots around the web. Usually I start with a designer of some sort, this time Alvar Aalto, and I head out with the intention to learn something new and end up finding an abundance of great imagery that I can showcase here as well. Luckily it comes with a great story, such as this post which is …

Read More