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David Findlay

Alvar Aalto, 1898 – 1976, was a Finnish architect, painter and sculptor. His work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware, in a career which spans from the 1920s to the 1970s.

In 1932, he patented a new form of laminated bent plywood and, with partners, set up a company called Artek, to cope with the demand. An example of his design in the form of the birch coffee table photographed, came up at auction in March 2015 at Lyon & Turnbull and sold for £425. Check out Artek's current offers: http://www.artek.fi

It could be argued that Alvar Aalto’s influence can also be found in the beautiful undulating grey glass bottle of STANDARD, in our range from Comme des Garcons Parfum. STANDARD is a 2009 collaboration with Artek: lemon ginger and Finnish Labrador Tea blended with fennel and cedar wood, giving this scent a distinctive and elegant, modern and edgy, vibrant overall effect. Head Notes, Fennel, Ginger, Lemon, Heart Notes Saffron and Base Notes Cedar wood, Incense, Musk. Gender, unisex.