We are happy to share new international praise for AINO + ALVAR AALTO: A Life Together, published in English and French by Phaidon Press! English edition was translated by David Hackston.

“This characteristically elegant Phaidon publication, lush with images, is remarkably personal … A beautiful and important contribution to architecture and design history.”
– Booklist, starred review

“Unique … Such an intimate level of access is possible thanks to the fact that the author is a grandson and has done much to preserve the designers’ legacy.”
– Interior Design

“An intimate look inside a partnership that was both romantic and commercial … Together, the Aaltos were stronger than they were apart.”
– Dwell

Meanwhile, the Japanese edition of the title, published by Soshisha and translated by Mihoko Ueyama, was recently featured at the European Literature Festival in Japan! 

And in Italy, the launch of the Italian edition – published by Salani and translated by Nicola Raino – coincides with the MAXXI museum’s Aalto exhibition!

The rights for this beautiful title are still available in e.g. Germany, Sweden, World Spanish, Denmark, Poland, etc.

Download the materials for the title here!

Rakastan sinussa ihmistä
Otava, August 2021, pp. 460

Reading Material:
English edition

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Postimees
HUNGARY: Európa Könyvkiadó
FRANCE: Phaidon Press
ITALY: Salani
JAPAN: Soshisha
WORLD ENGLISH: Phaidon Press

About author

Heikki Aalto-Alanen

Heikki Aalto-Alanen is the grandson of architects Aino and Alvar Aalto, who has previously served as vice chairman of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, been a member of Artek’s Board of Directors, member of the Alvar Aalto Academy Board, and held other positions maintaining Aino and Alvar Aalto’s artistic work and heritage. Today he is serving as the chairman of the Paimio Sanatorium Foundation, established in 2020 to preserve Aino and Alvar Aalto's early masterpiece. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Alvar and Aino Aalto Estate Ltd. Heikki Aalto-Alanen is a lawyer by profession and has worked in the Nordic financial market.

His book tells the story of Aino and Alvar Aalto, depicted through their previously unpublished correspondence from 1921-1949, photographs and drawings.


2021, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto

Heikki Aalto-Alanen