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St Mark’s Church, Stockholm by Sigurd Lewerentz.
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St Mark’s Church, Stockholm by Sigurd Lewerentz.

© 2014 Alex James Bruce


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Live Work Space (Part 2): The Aalto House and studio by Alvar Aalto, Helsinki-


Aalto designed his Helsinki home and Studio in 1935.  The double height studio features a gallery that could be used to view architectural models and plans from above. The formal living room and dining room on the ground floor is flooded with light thanks to the huge south facing windows.  There is another informal living room, with fireplace, on the first floor that was used by the family. Aalto’s furniture and lighting, produced by Artek, features prominently in the house, as well as lighting by Poul Henningsen,  produced by Louis Poulsen. For images of the exterior of the property see previous post (HERE). For more interior images click (HERE).

© 2014 Alex James Bruce


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Material Boy: Fabric by Alvar Aalto-

This fabric was designed by Alvar Aalto and can be found hanging at his studio in Munkkiniemi in Helsinki, FInland. The pattern is similar to his Siena fabric which he designed in 1954 for Artek but unfortunately unlike Siena this design is not currently in production.
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Material Boy: Fabric by Alvar Aalto-


This fabric was designed by Alvar Aalto and can be found hanging at his studio in Munkkiniemi in Helsinki, FInland. The pattern is similar to his Siena fabric which he designed in 1954 for Artek but unfortunately unlike Siena this design is not currently in production.

© 2014 Alex James Bruce


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Studio 55: Aalto Studio, Helsinki by Alvar Aalto-


Alvar Aalto designed his studio in the Munkkiniemi district of Helsinki in 1955. Aalto had previously worked in the small studio at his home just down the road, but with an increase in architectural comissions more space was needed. The building has a large open plan office in the main space, which is lit by clerestory windows at the top of the sloping roof and large windows the other. The curved studio where Aalto used to work has large picture windows all along one side, which look out onto the amphitheatre shaped garden. There is a meeting room with a sloping wall lit by skylights, plans could be viewed on the wall and it was also used as a gallery. There is also a canteen for the staff which is in an extension that was added in 1962-63. More photos here.

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Diamond chair, designed by Harry Bertoia in 1952.
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Diamond chair, designed by Harry Bertoia in 1952.

© 2014 Alex James Bruce


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We Wish You A Modernist Christmas: Barbican Estate Winter Greetings Cards by Stefi Orazi-


These limited edition Christmas cards are by Stefi Orazi who runs Modernist Estates. They feature Chamberlin Powell and Bon’s Barbican Estate in East London, which was designed in 1955. The A5 metallic silver cards are sold in packs of 4 and you can get them HERE

Styling by Alex James Bruce

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