The architect Alvar Aalto died at the age of 78. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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Among the first architects of Nordic Modernism; also a designer, sculptor, and painter. He was known for being focused on design as a total work of art or Gesamtkunstwerk.
His father, Johan Henrik Aalto, worked as a land surveyor, while his mother, Selma Matilda (née Hackstedt), was a postmistress. His first structure was a house for his parents. He married twice, first in 1925 to Aino Marsio; after Aino’s death from cancer in 1949, he married Elissa Mäkiniemi in 1952. Both of his wives were also famed architects. He had a daughter named Johanna and a son named Hamilkar.
“We should work for simple, good, undecorated things, but things which are in harmony with the human being and organically suited to the little man in the street.” (Alvar Aalto)
“Even the smallest daily chore can be humanized with the harmony of culture.” (Alvar Aalto)
“The very essence of architecture consists of a variety and development reminiscent of natural organic life. This is the only true style in architecture.” (Alvar Aalto)
“I do not write, I build.” (Alvar Aalto)
“The ultimate goal of the architect…is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of architecture… should be a fruit of our endeavour to build an earthly paradise for people.” (Alvar Aalto)