Forgotten Masters: Aino Aalto
4th October 2017, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
DATE: 4/10/2017
"Aino Mandelin (1894-1949) studied architecture in Helsinki, qualifying in 1920. She worked first for Oiva Kallio in Helsinki, moved to Jyväskylä in 1923 to work for Gunnar Achilles Wahlroos, and the following year joined the practice of Alvar Aalto whom she married in 1925.
The Aaltos moved their office to Turku in 1927, where they collaborated with the architect Erik Bryggman, and moved again in 1933 back to Helsinki. They designed a joint house-office for themselves in a suburb of Helsinki in the mid 1930s and designed a purpose-built office in the same neighbourhood in the mid-1950s. In the early years of their marriage and design partnership Aino Aalto and her husband would enter architectural competitions with their own separate entries. They separately entered the competition for the Finnish pavilion ar the 1939 New York World´s Fair, where her husband won first prize.
Aino Aalto´s role in work attributed to Alvar Aalto has never been specifically verified but she is usually credited more with the design of their interiors, notably Villa Mairea in Noormarkku (1937-39), and with furniture and lighting fixtures that they sold under the brand-name Artek. She also designed glassware for the Finnish company Iittala. Her most famous glass designs are still on sale, and copies by companies such as IKEA are said to be widespread."

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