DIRECTOR: Virpi Suutari
FINLAND / 2020
SUNDAY 2 MAY 12.00PM
SUNDAY 30 MAY 12.00PM
RUNNING TIME: 103 MINS
Aalto is a meaty yet concise undertaking that will satisfy both professional and dilettante appetites.
You may think you don’t know of Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto – but you do. His Stool 60, designed in 1933 is still a ubiquitous fixture in stylish rooms worldwide. Aalto and his wife Aino worked as building and interior designers in Finland through the 1900s, revolutionising contemporary design. In Virpi Suutari’s delightful documentary about their career, we see how the two changed the face of Modernist/Functionalist design. The film uses archive film, contemporary commentary and personal recollection to bring alive the understated yet ground-breaking work of this brilliant and modest couple. Intelligently filmed with a fittingly Nordic soundtrack and voiceovers, it digs into the work, loves and lives of the couple and how their personal lives were reflected in their innovative designs. As Aalto once noted,”It is the task of the architect to give life a gentler structure.” If you have ever admired a piece of Scandinavian furniture, you will likely be giving the Aaltos a nod of approval. This film will only serve to increase your admiration for their gentle structures.
There will be a Q &A following the film with local Tasmanian designer-makers and architects to discuss the legacy of Alvar Aalto.