Design Alvar Aalto, 1965. Hand-riveted steel, leather. Made in Finland by Artek. "God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is at least for me an abuse of paper." -Alvar Aalto. Architect Alvar Aalto also had a distinguished career as a lamp designer. Aalto's lamps often arose from individual construction project. Many models were further adapted and developed for serial production. Artek's production includes several original designs dating from 1937 to 1959. From pendant and ceiling fixtures to floor and table lamps, his lighting was minimal yet elegant while offering a timeless quality. These lamps make a versatile and lasting feature to any commercial or residential decor. Alvar Aalto was a highly talented architect and an eager spokesman for the international modernist movement. Aalto's designs were innovative and radical and became known for his experimental approach to bending wood, which greatly influenced American designers Charles & Ray Eames and Finnish-born Eero Saarinen. His style became known as humanist modernism. Alvar Aalto's dialogue with nature, architecture, design and the human being has become a living legacy. The basic shape of the shade of floor lamp A811 is similar to that of the lamp designed for the corridors of the head office building of the National Pensions Institute. Floor lamp A811 is offered with a white painted louvered steel shade and either polished brass or nickel plated upper part. Base and stand are covered with black leather and includes a 72" L black plastic cable. CUL/UL listing can be provided at an additional charge. 63" h | 17.7" w | cord: 72" L | requires either 1x11W CFL or 1x60W incandescent E27 bulb.