Savoy Vase by Alvar Aalto

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Savoy Vase by Alvar Aalto

Savoy Vase, Designed by Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), Manufactured by Karhula-Iittala Glass Works, Finland, ca. 1936.

Glass; height 2, width 15.5, depth 11 inches.

 

Photo courtesy of Wright.

Production

This iconic vase was designed in 1936 by the Finnish architect and designer, Alvar Aalto for a design competition hosted by Karhula-Iittala and it won first prize.  The vase has remained in production and is available in a variety of sizes and colors.

In History

Although it was originally called the Aalto vase or the Paris Object, as it was designed to be exhibited in Paris. The vase later became known as the Savoy vase after it was used in the interiors of the Savoy Restaurant in Helsinki, which Aalto created.

Inspiration

It is believed that the outline of the vase was modeled after the lakes in Aalto's native Finland, where there are approximately 188,788 lakes.

Technique

This vase is made in one continuous form without seams. Wooden molds are used to form the blown glass vessel, and emphasize the natural and organic curves associated with Aalto's designs.

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