10 Dec 06 IN THE SPOTLIGHT. WOMEN IN THE BACKROUND IN HISTORY: AINO AALTO
Aino Aalto (1894-1949) was a pioneer of Finnish design. Born in Helsinki, Finland, she received her architecture degree in 1920 from Helsinki Polytechnic and began working for Alvar Aalto’s architecture office in 1924. Soon after, they married and, in addition to a new surname, she gained a lifelong partnership that built an international design legacy.
Independently from her husband, Aino is also known for her own individual contributions which helped bring modern Finnish design to the international arena. The significance of Aino Aalto’s work is immeasurable; She has left her strong, unprejudiced and modern handprint in the fields of design and architecture. She approached design in a modern way and was a true pioneer. Along with glass products, Aino Aalto designed buildings, interiors, furniture, and textiles.