Monday, November 23, 2009

Baby food by Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto was a Finnish architect and designer. While he did have his moments of genius, he was far from faultlessness. Anyone who has had to sit through a two hour lecture in one of his torture chamber lecture halls in the C Building of the University of Jyväskylä campus will know what I am talking about. Could one possibly design a more uncomfortable chair?

Don't even get me started on the 100% dysfunctional men's rooms in the same building. Makes me wonder if Aalto was so perfect that he never had to take a crap because I can guarantee that even Mr. Perfect Architect himself couldn't figure out how to use one of those cramped facilities with dignity. And do the sinks really have to be at the height of ones knees?

Don't get me wrong. His buildings look great from the outside and his design items often unite form and function quite satisfactorily. One of his iconic designs was the Aalto (Savoy) vase.

Using the official Aalto vase ice tray as a mold, Hanna froze several baby-sized portions of carrot puree for Reino to enjoy as he is now learning to eat solid foods. Now here is some design we can enjoy even after it has been melted down in the microwave!

carrot puree by Alvar Aalto

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