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1898-1976

In 1936, Alvar Aalto’s series of glass vases won first prize in the 1936 Karhula-Iittala Glass Design Competition. Compared to the decorative objects of the time, the simple yet organic shape of this vase was a revolutionary statement. Inspired by waves (“aalto” in Finnish) in the water, the vase is a symbol of Finnish design and one of the most famous glass objects in the world.

Each and every vase in the Alvar Aalto Collection continues to be mouth blown at the Iittala factory and comes in a wide range of colors and sizes. The Collection is a staple of modern Scandinavian design and Iittala’s most iconic series. Additional items inspired by Aalto and created by Pentagon Design such as steel bowls, wooden platters, and votives can also be found in the Alvar Aalto Collection.  

Alvar Aalto made his name as a master of modern architecture through his unique style and exceptional talent. He worked closely with his wife Aino Aalto.

Alvar Aalto is recognized today as one of the great masters of modern architecture. During his long and prolific career, Aalto’s work embraced almost all key public institutions. Aalto designed concert halls, libraries, hospitals, museums, and private homes, among others, all around the world. His works were exhibited in the New York Museum of Modern Art already in the 1930s.

Aalto also designed several objects which were originally intended to become parts of buildings and decorations. However, the objects took on a life of their own. The most famous of the objects designed by Aalto is the Aalto vase, which was first seen at the 1937 Paris World Exposition. Independently and together with his wife Aino Aalto, Alvar Aalto designed a number of versatile objects.

Aalto’s architecture is distinctively Finnish. It is marked by a warm humanity and strong individuality. His buildings derive their special aesthetic character from their dynamic relationship with their natural surroundings, their human scale, superbly executed details, unique treatment of materials and ingenious use of lighting. Like all great art, however, Aalto’s architecture transcends national boundaries. His work is not the exclusive property of Finland: it forms a part of a common cultural heritage of European and worldwide significance.

Alvar Aalto began designing furnishings as a natural and important extension of his architectural thinking. His first modern piece of furniture was created in 1931-32 for the Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Paimio, which proved to be his international breakthrough. Artek was set up in 1935 to market and sell Alvar and Aino Aalto's furniture, lamps and textiles, particularly on international markets where Artek focused its operations from the initial stages.




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Size Chart

Marimekko Sizing

Size charts can help you to determine your own size. When you order clothes, it is worth remembering that using a tape measure can help you to ensure that the clothes are a good fit. This will help you to avoid returning clothes unnecessarily. The pictures show where you should take measurements. The measurements on the size chart are fixed body measurements in inches. The measurements are for normal body shapes (the basis is the C measurement).
 

A – Collar:
The collar size is measured by placing the tape measure around the neck and placing the index finger between the tape measure and the throat. This measurement dictates the shirt size.

B – Bust:
The bust size is measured from the highest point of the bust when a bra is worn.

C – Waist:
The waist size is measured around the narrowest part of the waist.

D – Hip:
The hip measurement is taken from the broadest part of the hip.

E – Inside leg:
The inside leg measurement is taken from the crotch to the floor. Please note that the inside leg measurement of trousers is often provided in the product description.


Women's size chart conversions

Use this chart to convert between standard size formats.

  EUR US FR UK IT JAP
XS 32 - 34 4 - 6 34 - 36 6 - 8 38 - 40 5
S 36 8 38 10 40 -42 7
M 38 - 40 10 - 12 38 - 40 12 - 14 42 - 46 9 - 11
L 42 14 42 16 46 -48 13
XL 44 - 46 16 - 18 46 - 48 18 - 20 48 - 52 15


Body measurements in inches 

Extra loose     Chest Waist Hip Inside leg length
S XS 32 29.25" - 30.75" 22.75" - 24.5" 32.25" - 33.75" 28.8"
34 30.75" - 32.25" 24.5" - 26" 33.75" - 35.5" 29.25"
S 36 32.25" - 33.75" 26" - 27.5" 35.5" - 37" 29.6"
M M 38 33.75" - 35.5" 27.5" - 29.25" 37" - 38.5" 30"
40 35.5" - 37" 29.25" - 30.75" 38.5" - 40.25" 30.4"
L 42 37" - 38.5" 30.75" - 32.25" 40.25" - 41.75" 30.8"
L XL 44 38.5" - 40.25" 32.25" - 33.75" 41.75" - 43.25" 31.2"
46 40.25" - 41.75" 33.75" - 35.5" 43.25" - 45" 31.6"
XXL   41.75" - 44" 35.5" - 37.75" 45" - 47.25" 32""
XXXL   44" - 46.5" 37.75" - 40.25" 47.25" - 49.5" 32.4""


Socks

The sock size is the length of the sole of the foot from the heel to the end of the longest toe.

EUR US Foot length in inches
34 - 36 4 - 6 8.7" - 9.1"
37 - 39 7 -9 9.3" - 9.8"
40 - 42 10 - 12 10" - 10.6"
43 - 45 13 - 15 10" - 10.6"
46 - 48 16 - 18 10.8" - 11.4"


Belts

The belt length is measured up to the hole in the belt that is normally used.

EUR in cm US in inches
75 29.2"
80 31.2"
85 33.2"
90 35.1"

 

Women's shoes

Foot Length (inches) EU / Italy UK US France Japan
9.2" 36 3 6 37 23
9.4" 37 4 7 38 24
9.6" 38 5 8 39 24.5
9.9" 39 6 9 40 25.5
10" 40 7 10 41 26
10.2" 41 8 11 42 26.5

 

Men's shirts

EUR UK Chest in inches Collar in inches
XS XS  -  S 33.5" - 35.1" 14" - 14.4"
S S - M 35.5" - 37.1" 14.8" - 15.2"
M M - L 37.4" - 39" 15.6" - 16"
L L - XL 39.4" - 41.3" 16.4" - 16.8"
XL XL - XXL 41.7" - 43.3" 17.2" - 17.6"
XXL XXL 43.7" - 45.2" 17.9" - 18.3"