Designer: Alvar Aalto (Finnish, Kuortane 1898–1976 Helsinki)

Manufacturer: Iittala Lasitehdas Oy

Date: designed 1936, manufactured 1960–61

Medium: Glass

Dimensions: 11 3/8 x 12 x 11 in. (28.9 x 30.5 x 27.9 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 1985

Accession Number: 1985.223

Rights and Reproduction: © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Among the most revered designers of the twentieth century, Aalto created this vase as part of a collection of ten objects that he entered in the 1936 competition to determine what was displayed in the Swedish Pavilion for the 1937 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Aalto won the competition, and his free-form objects, ranging from a shallow dish to a tall vase, enjoyed instant popularity. This vase, known variously as "The Paris Object," the "Aalto," and the "Savoy," is still in production today as a classic example of the Scandinavian avant-garde.