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Rivituolit. Kuva: Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto -museo.

Row chairs. Photo: Maija Holma / Alvar Aalto Museum.

For the first time ever, the public has a chance to see an extensive collection exhibition of the virtuoso furniture and furnishing designs for children made by Aino Aalto and Artek. Children’s Scale is open to the public throughout the spring, February 10–May 21, in the Alvar Aalto Museum’s Gallery in Jyväskylä.

Aino Aalto exhibited her first pieces of children’s furniture in 1929 and, beginning in the next decade, under Aalto’s guidance Artek designed the interiors for a large number of kindergartens and child health centres. The work produced by Aalto and her workmate, the interior architect Maija Heikinheimo, has strong ties to the modern welfare society and to the development of Finnish childcare.

The exhibition includes interiors made for kindergartens, libraries and child health centres, along with furniture designed for them. To entertain our child visitors, some new pieces of children’s furniture have been built following Artek’s working drawings, and children will have a chance to try them out and explore them directly. Also promised is an activity tour titled “The story of the little red chair”.

The exhibits have mainly been selected from the Alvar Aalto Museum’s own collections. Valuable additions to the exhibition have been made with objects loaned from collections belonging to the collector Pertti Männistö, the architect Igor Herler, and the Museum of Central Finland.

Children’s Scale has been produced by the Alvar Aalto Museum as a satellite exhibition, and is part of the Modern Life! exhibition at Helsinki Art Museum, HAM, March 3–July 30, 2017 and the Finland 100 centenary.

Read more from the press release.

Children’s Scale
Alvar Aalto Museum Gallery
Alvar Aallon katu 7, Jyväskylä
open Tues–Sun at 11–18

The exhibition opening is on Thursday, February 9, 2017, starting at 18:00. There will be a performance by dance artist Helena Ratinen. Welcome!


Further information: Curator Mari Murtoniemi, mari.murtoniemi(at), +358 (0)40 355 9162