Alvar Aalto (1898–1976). The work of this Finnish design legend continues to sustain a huge following nearly 80 years on from his heyday in the 1930s, when he produced his Paimio chair and numerous other classics from bent plywood and laminated birch. In the early 1950s, Aalto designed a number of exquisite light fixtures for his company, Artek. Reissued in 2007, the A110 joins established Aalto classics such as the A805 and A809 floor lamps (designed in 1955 and 1959 respectively).
The A110 ceiling light is a simple two-stage steel cylinder, available lacquered in either black or white with brass trim.
What makes it special
Designed in 1952, the A110 light is an example of how Aalto pared back design to its purist form, by including only the smallest amount of detail in the brassperforated rim around the reflector. The slim form encourages it to be used in groups at different heights, or in a line of two or three along a table or bar.
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