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Alvar Aalto Houses Hardcover – March 23, 2011

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"Aalto is best known in the U.S. for his furniture designs, but this book takes you on a tour of the 24 dwellings he conceived and built throughout Finland-- some sleek and modern, others unexpectedly rustic." -- Details, March 2011

"This book manages to present interesting Aalto work that most of us have never seen... These wonderful houses are presented in an exemplary way, the fine photography, mostly by Jari Jetsonen, supplemented in every case by floor plans and often by elevations." --Interior Design, February 2011

"Cannily combines modern ideals with a down-to-earth realism." --Slate.com, April 27, 2011

"This is truly a keepsake book of one of architecture's true icons." --Houses, issue 80

About the Author

Jari Jetsonen is a photographer and artist. His works have been published in many books and he has taught at the Helsinki University of Technology and Nihon University in Tokyo. Sirkkaliisa Jestonen is an architect and author and teaches at Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Industrial Arts in Helsinki. Jari and Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen s books include Finnish Summer Houses, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2008, Alvar Aalto Apartments (Rakennustieto, Helsinki 2004), and Sacral Space - Modern Finnish Churches (Building Information Ltd, Helsinki 2003).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; First Edition /First Printing edition (March 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568989822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568989822
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,225,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had been a fan of Aalto's work since college but this book which focuses only on the housing, is another piece of the picture. If you spend the time to read, you see how his work also reflected the historic and economic times of the 20th century--times when materials were in short supply after WWII or the absence of work during the Depression, the need to relocated Finns in large numbers after the Iron Curtain came down. It also shows Aalto's evolution from Scandanavian classicism to modernism. I would have gone for 5 stars but I wished at times for a few more floor plans, some more exterior shots describing the projects a bit better, but I also liked the interior shots that were honestly not staged, and in one case included a standard reclining chair amidst Aalto designed seating, or one with frilly lace curtains taming the lines of a modern interior. The spaces looked lived in as well as designed and this reflected the humanity of the man.
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A very beautiful look inside the work of a great architect. For those who are precisely interested in Alvar Aalto projects for houses, I haven't found a better book yet.
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