Alvar Aalto definition
(1898 - 1976) Aalto was a painter, sculptor, designer and Finnish architect. His wife, Aino Marsio, was his main collaborator until she died in 1949. One of their major collaborations was the Artek furniture whose techniques of jointing, bending and novel graceful lines eventually gained popularity and had a big impact on future furniture design. Between the years of 1927 and 1954 Aalto took part in experiments to create free abstract sculptures and abstract reliefs made out of laminated wood which later served as inspiration for his architecture work. He is known in particular for his memorial for the Battle of Suomussalmi. Aalto is also known for his influence in promoting modern art.