Alvar Aalto and the International Style by Paul David Pearson (Whitney Library of Design, 1978) is a critical study that concentrates on Aalto’s formative years from the mid-1920s until late-1940s.
The contents is divided into five sections. Section 1 covers Aalto’s education and early practice and describes architectural trends and Finnish tradition. Section 2 covers the period from 1927 to 1933. Section 3 records Aalto’s changing perception of the nature and mode of architectural design and analyses the Viipuri Library and the Sunila mill and workers’ housing complex. Section 4 focuses on Aalto’s search for a new style through his designs for the Villa Mairea, the New York World’s Fair and the MIT dormitory. Section 5 traces his development up to the midpoint of his career. The book concludes with a brief summary of his projects until his death in 1976,
The copy in our stock is in good condition. There are some signs of wear and ageing in the dust jacket, for example the red text printed on the spine has faded almost completely. However, the pages and the binding are fine.