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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Aalto, Alvar 1898-1976. Finnish architect and furniture designer noted for his use of contrasting materials. He designed many buildings in Germany, Finland, and the United States, including the Abbey Library in Mount Angel, Oregon (1970).

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  • n. Finnish architect and designer of furniture (1898-1976)


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  • The latest editions of furniture by trail-blazing designers like Jean ProuvĆ©, Charlotte Perriand, Franco Albini and Alvar Aalto are coming to market with a few material updates but their iconic looks intact.

    Modern Masters

  • Alvar Aalto is the architect who gave the modernist world three legs to stand on, with his classic 60 white-birch stackable stool, designed in 1933 for the Viipuri library in his native Finland.

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  • Now Artek, the company that Aalto founded to produce his furniture designs, is making that world a more colorful place with three new paint-lacquered models, in yellow, blue and brown.

    Fresh Picks: News From the Design World

  • Andrew Duncanson from Modernity has rare pieces by Alvar Aalto; Todd Merrill, an outstanding 3.5-meter sculpture of a dandelion circa 1960 by Harry Bertoia; and Bernard Jacobson, some magnificent Robert Motherwell canvases.

    All's Fair in London

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation are bubbling around Helsinki and Aalto University.

    Steve Blank: The Helsinki Spring

  • There are thousands of excited students, and Aalto University is working hard to become an outward-facing institution.

    Steve Blank: The Helsinki Spring

  • The furniture is modern: Aalto chairs and tables, a B&B Italia dining table, Noguchi lanterns and Doimo Cucine cabinets.

    A Star Architect for a Song

  • Matthew Carbone for the Wall Street Journal The furniture, from the family's store Weiss house, is modern: Aalto chairs and tables, a B&B Italia dining table, Noguchi lanterns and Doimo Cucine cabinets.

    A Star Architect for a Song

  • "The trick is how to convince potential entrepreneurs when the big N isn't behind them," says Will Cardwell, head of the Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship at Finland's Aalto University, which last year created a program modeled on Stanford University's efforts to parlay campus research into commercial innovations for tech companies such as Google and Sun Microsystems Inc.

    Nokia's Pain Becomes Finland's

  • "The goal is to change the culture in Finland," says Mikko Kuusi , a student at Aalto University and chairman of its entrepreneurship society.

    Nokia's Pain Becomes Finland's


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