A short time ago we received the book Alvar Aalto: The Mark of the Hand. Before you Aalto fans get jealous of our newly acquired treasure, we want you to know that we received several copies and will be doing a giveaway in the near future. So keep yours eyes out, here and on our facebook page. The book is a collection of conversations recorded between members of Aalto’s atelier. It is a unique view into the process of this great architect and his team. It shows the personal side of Aalto, both the bad and good. Sometimes we get lost in the artistry of his works, and it is nice to see the context in which the works were developed.
Book Description: “Showcasing the famed architect’s creative accomplishments, this chronicle travels through a series of conversations with the members of Alvar Aalto’s workshop that span a period of 50 years from 1944 to 1994. More than 60 projects are covered, discussing the full range of Aalto’s craft and journeying far beyond the limited canon of buildings usually discussed in critiques of his work. Placing these projects in their own time and among the people and milieu that cultivated them, the study illustrates these structures not just as artifacts but as part of a dynamic—and often contentious—environment, demonstrating how the workshop itself formed an integral part of Aalto’s achievements.”
006 Foreword: Esa Laaksonen 008 Acknowledgements: Harry Charrington, Vezio Nava 011 Introduction: Harry Charrington
019 Tilimaki 20: Vezio Nava 049 We don’t need to be so dogmatic: Harry Charrington
Coversations 102 Valter Karisalo 108 Tauno Keiramo 118 Jaakko Kontio and Veli Paatela 140 Veli Paatela 150 Jaakko Kontio, Ilona Lehtinen and Veli Paatela 158 Kristian Gullichsen and Mauno Kitunen 170 Olli Penttila 182 Mauno Kitunen 202 Heikki Tarkka 216 Federico Marconi 230 Eric Adlercreutz 242 Leif Englund and Jaakko Suihkonen 268 Per-Mauritz Alander 278 Ilona Lehtinen 292 Heimo Paanajarvi and Tore Tallqvist 312 Sverker Gardberg 322 Mikko Merckling 332 Kaarlo Leppanen 344 Heikki Hyytiainen and Matti Poyry 364 Heikki Hyytiainen an Mariikka Rimaaja 378 Raija Sarmanto and Pirkko Soderman 390 Hellevi Ojanen, Marja-Liisa Parko and Pirkko Stenros 404 Aarne Hollmen 414 Chronology of the Alvar Aalto Atelier 424 Names Mentioned in Conversations 426 Buildings Mentioned in Conversations
Publisher: Rakennustieto Publishing (May 1, 2012)