Pendant Light A330S “Golden Bell”, Design Alvar Aalto - 1937
Made from a single piece of brass or steel, the elegant pendant light was created by Aino and Alvar Aalto for the interior of The Savoy Restaurant, Helsinki in 1937. Nick-named “Golden Bell” for its distinct streamlined shape, Pendant Light A330S has a sculptural quality that can be appreciated whether the light is switched on or off. The Savoy version in untreated brass develops a beautiful patina over time.
Wall Light A330S “Golden Bell”
Wall Light A330S “Golden Bell”, Design Alvar Aalto - 1937
A330S “Golden Bell” is a complement to Alvar Aalto’s popular pendant light. Its perforated rim creates a memorable halo effect and prevents glare, providing a light that is both warm-toned and characteristically diffuse. Affixed via a slender arm, it can be rotated through 180 degrees allowing for varying intensities of illumination.
Wall Light A330S “Golden Bell”
Pendant Light AMA500, Design Aino Aalto - 1941
Providing a soft and warm light, Aino Aalto’s Pendant Light AMA500 is of mid-size and composed of sheet steel. A true centrepiece, the AMA500 pendant light is still hanging in the library of the Aaltos’ masterpiece Villa Mairea in Noormarkku, Finland.
Pendant Light AMA500
Pendant Light A333 “Turnip”, Design Alvar Aalto - 1950’s
The A333, known as the “Turnip” for its organic shape, combines elegance with simplicity to stunning effect. When in use, light emerges through the circular recesses near the top of the lampshade, serving to emphasise the pendant light’s rounded form. “Turnip” was created for the National Pensions Institute building in Helsinki.
Pendant Light A333 “Turnip”
Pendant Light A338 “Bilberry”, Design Alvar Aalto - 1950’s
The beautiful A338 embodies Alvar Aalto’s genius for directing light and is allegedly named after his favourite berry. The “Bilberry” was originally created to highlight art in the house near Paris designed by Alvar Aalto for French gallerist and collector Louis Carré.
Pendant Light A338 “Bilberry”
Pendant Light A201, Design Alvar Aalto - 1952
Alvar Aalto designed Pendant Light A201 for the library of Säynätsalo Town Hall in central Finland. Composed of formed sheet steel, the A201 possesses a sculptural presence; its beauty can be appreciated whether switched on or off. The light exiting the lower and upper part of the shade creates a beautiful halo, typical to Aalto who sought to make artificial light as indirect and soft as possible.
Pendant Light A201
Pendant Light A110 “Hand Grenade”, Design Alvar Aalto - 1952
This elegant pendant light “Hand Grenade” was designed for the building Alvar Aalto created for the Finnish Engineers’ Association, it is nicknamed “Hand Grenade” for its distinctive shape. Composed of a lacquered steel shade and an inner ring, Pendant Light A110 provides functional and atmospheric illumination.
Pendant Light A110 “Hand Grenade”
Pendant Light A331 “Beehive”, Design Alvar Aalto - 1953
The Pendant Light A331 “Beehive” is one of Alvar Aalto’s most popular lighting designs, combining direct and indirect light diffused through several rows of perforated steel rings. True to its nickname, “Beehive” retains its distinctive sculptural presence even when unlit and was originally designed for Finland’s University of Jyväskylä in 1953.
Pendant Light A331 “Beehive”
Ceiling Light A622, Design Alvar Aalto - 1953
Created for Helsinki’s National Pensions Institute in 1953, this timeless and elegant design is popular in both public buildings and private homes. Its shade consists of thin metal sheets arranged in a staggered circular formation, and casts a soft, diffuse light.
Ceiling Light A622
Pendant Light A440, Design Alvar Aalto - 1954
Made from mouth-blown glass, Pendant Light A440 embodies Alvar Aalto’s signature streamlined aesthetic, like a Golden Bell reinterpreted in glass. The opal glass shade glows like a planet at night when illuminated, creating a beautiful and softly distributed light.
Pendant Light A440
Pendant Light JL341, Design Juha Leiviskä - 1969
Finding beauty in simplicity, Finnish architect Juha Leiviskä used lightweight white aluminium to create this generous ceiling light. The light floats elegantly in space, while its thin, disk-like shade illuminates with a bright glow, emitting a delicate and warm light.
Pendant Light JL341
Wall Light A910, Design Artek Studio - 1990’s
This timeless and elegant luminaire’s shade consists of thin metal sheets arranged in a staggered circular formation. The original model for this wall light was created during the period Aalto was designing lighting for the National Pensions Institute in Helsinki in the 1950s.
Wall Light A910
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