Aino + Alvar Aalto: A Life TogetherHeikki Aalto-Alanen

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A visual biography of Aino and Alvar Aalto, who designed some of the most iconic objects of the twentieth century

Aino and Alvar Aalto together founded Artek and created some of the most celebrated objects and buildings of the twentieth century. Through letters, documents, drawings, and family photographs, Alvar and Aino’s grandson tells the stories of their life together, in Finland and abroad, drawing on many of the never-before-published letters they sent to each other and to family, friends, and colleagues, until Aino’s death in 1949. The first monograph to specifically examine and celebrate the life and work of Aino and Alvar as a shared endeavour, this personal and intimate look at the unconventional lives of one of the most influential design couples of the twentieth century has been warmly and accessibly written by Aino and Alvar’s grandson, who has drawn on the family’s largely unpublished archive, including personal letters, snapshots, and sketches.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 305 × 238 mm (12 × 9 3/8 in)
  • Pages: 352 pp
  • Illustrations: 400 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838666071

Heikki Aalto-Alanen is the grandson of architects Aino and Alvar Aalto. He has previously served as vice chairman of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, been a member of Artek’s Board of Directors, member of the Alvar Aalto Academy Board, and held other positions maintaining Aino and Alvar Aalto’s artistic work and heritage. He is a lawyer by profession and has worked in the financial world.

‘A love story, enriched not just by personal photographs and images of their modernist designs, but by the couple's letters to each other.’ –

‘This characteristically elegant Phaidon publication, lush with images, is remarkably personal … A beautiful and important contribution to architecture and design history.’ – Booklist, Starred Review

‘This resonant monograph makes one wonder what else [Alvar] and Aino might have accomplished together had she lived into old age.’ – 1stDibs

‘An intimate look inside a partnership that was both romantic and commercial … Together, the Aaltos were stronger than they were apart.’ – Dwell

‘A loving tribute … New and unexpected.’ – Architectural Record

‘Unique … Such an intimate level of access is possible thanks to the fact that the author is a grandson and has done much to preserve the designers’ legacy.’  – Interior Design

‘A celebration honoring [Aino and Alvar's] work and the love that inspired their creative projects, offering insights into their impressive contributions to art and design.’ – Designboom

‘A poignant glimpse into [Aino and Alvar's] deep bond.’ – Metropolis

‘Illuminates one of the most iconic design partnerships of the 20th century.’ – GRAY Magazine

‘The rich life and all-encompassing work of the iconic design couple is presented through an intimate lens by the couple’s grandson.’ – Gessato