Did you know Alvar Aalto wasn’t a big fan of straight corners? Most of his rooms are a soft triangular shape, with natural light streaming in to enhance the creativity of his designers. This functional thinking was an important characteristic of Alvar: “God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is, at least for me, an abuse of paper.” His functional mind let to creative solutions. Take the lamps you see hanging from the balcony for example: this was a practical solution to test the different kind of lightings he designed.
While walking around his studio, it became (painfully, I might add… ;) clear I was the only one that had much to learn about his designs and life. The three other journalists from Spain, Italy and Russia (and the most kind and professional ones out there!), knew their stuff and I felt a bit ashamed to be so naif. But as they say: you’re never old enough to learn. So, in case you want to learn a thing or two about Alvar Aalto and why Ikea keeps copying his stuff: read on!