Publication date 5/23/2011
8.5 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm), Hardcover
224 pages, 279 color illustrations, 37 b/w illustrations
Rights: World rights excluding Swedish and Finnish language rights;
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Over the course of a career spanning more than fifty years, Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) designed nearly one hundred single-family houses. Aalto, who is also known for his furniture and glassware, worked in a unique style that blended modernism and traditional vernacular architecture.
Authors Jari and Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen (Finnish Summer Houses) present twenty-six of Aalto's innovative residences--from small summer homes and postwar standardized housing to large housing complexes for industrial commissions--built between the 1920s to the 1960s.
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).
"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."
"Spotlights 26 homes that blend vernacular details with pared-down interiors. "
"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."
"[Includes] beautiful newly commissioned photographs, original archive drawings and a fascinating essay entitled Alvar Aaltos Concept of Dwelling. We love."
"Cannily combines modern ideals with a down-to-earth realism."
"Beautifully photographed and described, revealing a side to their designer of which most of us are unaware."
The Midwest Book Review:
"An outstanding survey of architectural genius perfect for any interested in Aaltos Finnish homes."
"Well laid out and a pleasure for anyone to read, not just diehard followers, especially thanks to a useful sprinkling of Finnish history. Lovely photos."
"Beautifully photographed... great for ideas and inspiration."
ark - Finnish Architectural Review:
"An excellent addition to the many books covering Alvar Aaltos architecture."
"Alvar Aalto is one of the heavy hitters, the well-knowns of the Mid-Century Modern architectural movement without whom our idea of modern architecture would no doubt be very different. This great book looks like the perfect thing for learning about the past and getting inspired for the future."
"Replete with stunning interior and exterior photos, as well as archival drawings. "
"Alvar Aalto was a master at creating homes for living. Not showpieces for photographs or private little museums for the wealthy but, rather, significant places for the nature of living. The photographs in this book are handsomely composed with the things of daily life; a flower filled vase on the table, crackling flames in the fireplace and shelves lined with worn books. A deliberate warmth is present in each image and the covered terraces suggest that maybe you should sit a while and enjoy the view. There is authenticity and wisdom in these pages; this book is a quiet teacher. If youre design conscious, this book belongs on your shelf."