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Alvar and Aino Aalto, Pioneering Advocates of Modernism, Highlighted in New Exhibit

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Get to know a midcentury design power couple

It's apparently a good year for celebrating midcentury design power couples. Just after an exhibit featuring tributes to Charles and Ray Eames wrapped up in Los Angeles, a new show at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York City will honor a lesser known pair: Alvar and Aino Aalto. Curated by gallery director Nina Stritzler-Levine, the show thoroughly highlights the innovative couple's design company Artek, which—although best known for its bentwood furniture—was also a broader, idealistic platform for promoting modernism. Another focus? The far-reaching achievements of Aino Marsio-Aalto.

"I think she is arguably the single greatest omission of design history," Stritzler-Levine tells Co.Design. Marsio-Aalto, trained as an architect and apprenticed with carpenters and joiners, joined Alvar's firm in 1924 and worked actively in the office until her death in 1949. Do check out the full story on Co.Design.

Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World is on show at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery until September 25.