Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto’s approach to work involved treating each building as a complete work of art — right down to the furniture and light fittings. This, combined with his interest in the principles of user-friendly, functional design has led to some of the most recognisable pieces in the international design landscape, from buildings to stools. Increasingly, his designs were enriched by the use of organic forms and natural materials, creating objects that enrich and support their surrounding environment.