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The light fitting nicknamed Käsikranaatti (Hand Grenade) was first used in the building constructed for the Finnish Engineers’ Association (the Insinööritalo) and in the council chamber at Säynätsalo Town Hall. The fitting used in both buildings has a shade in the form of an un-perforated cone, broken by perforations at the bottom edge that filter the light. The fitting was thus intended to act as a spotlight giving light in a downward direction. In the version that was manufactured as a standard product, the perforations at the bottom were replaced with a removable brass ring (A 110).


Alvar Aalto 1951/1952

Product number

A 110, A 111, A 115

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Light fitting A 110 in different colours. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum.

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Several different versions of the light fitting have been made. Photo: Alvar Aalto Museum.

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Nordens Hus interior with light fittings A 110. Photo: Alvar Aalto Museum.