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Here Now, a Look at Alvar Aalto's Career in Eight Photographs

You can already take a Street View tour of Alvar Aalto's major works thanks to Google, but Germany's Vitra Design Museum, which just unveiled its retrospective on the Finnish modernist's work, thinks the world could use another big dose of the late architect and designer's multifaceted exploration with organic form. Second Nature, which opened on Friday and continues until March 2015, highlights Aalto's best-known works, including buildings like the glacial Finlandia Hall (above) and furnishings like the iconic plywood Paimio lounge chair (below). It also calls attention to more over-looked design details—such as the many door handles and light fixtures Aalto crafted for his buildings. In fact, there's an entire section of the exhibit dedicated to Aalto's work with furniture, lights, and glass objects—appropriately so, as all this comes a year after Vitra acquired Artek, the furniture company Aalto founded in 1935.

· Vitra Design Museum hosts Alvar Aalto retrospective [dezeen]
· Alvar Aalto—Second Nature [Vitra Design Museum]
· All Alvar Aalto posts [Curbed National]