Hungarian rights for THE STORY OF AINO AND ALVAR AALTO acquired by Európa Könyvkiadó

We are really happy to announce that one of the most important publishers in Hungary – Európa Könyvkiadó – has now acquired the rights to THE STORY OF AINO AND ALVAR AALTOwritten by Aaltos’ grandson Heikki Aalto-Alanen.

This unique work of art based on unpublished correspondence of Aino and Alvar Aalto has now 5 international publishers, having previously acquired by Phaidon for World English marketSoshisha in Japan and Postimees in Estonia for publication in 2022.
In Finland, Otava published this beautiful title in August 2021.

The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto is based on previously unpublished correspondence between the couple from 1921-1949 and compiled and written by Heikki Aalto-Alanen, a grandson of the Aaltos.

The book has been prepared with precision, thoroughness and with love as the material is intimate and belongs to the Aalto family archives. This is the love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto.

In addition to the photographs from the family archive, the book is illustrated with Aino and Alvar’s drawings of each other and of their children, as well as landscape drawings made while traveling, along with other architectural drawings and photographs.

Download materials for the book from here

The Finnish publisher Otava rejoices of the world conquest that the book is making. Literary Director Minna Castrén said, ”We congratulate Heikki Aalto-Alanen for the global success of this exceptional book. In his work, Aalto-Alanen has exceeded our expectations: THE STORY OF AINO AND ALVAR AALTO is simply put – a treasure.”

PUBLISHERS’ PRAISES:

“We are very proud to have acquired the rights for the English edition of Heikki Aalto Alanen’s book on Aino and Alvar Aalto. It is an honour to publish the great story of two talented individuals, who changed forever the course of modern architecture and design.”
– Emilia Terragni, Associated Publisher, Phaidon Press London.

“We are truly delighted for this opportunity to introduce such an extremely valuable book of correspondences written by the internationally renowned Finnish architects, Aino and Alvar Aalto, to Japan. The Aaltos are widely recognized in Japan as well, and the ideas which they pursued on design have been continuously referenced and implemented in the fields of architecture and design in Japan today. I believe that the Japanese people resonate with their deep understanding of human and nature through their design utilizing curved lines and wood. I am sure that Japanese readers are highly anticipating this book and its revelations about how the Aaltos have lived through tumultuous times and thought about design.“
– Kazuhiro Yoshida, Editor, Soshisha, Japan

“When we think about great minds, we tend to see more of the result of their work than the people behind it. Aino and Alvar Aalto’s work in the field of design and architecture has had a great impact worldwide, representing beauty, harmony, and comfort. There are books and studies which can tell us many things about it, but I believe that none of them can ever be as personal and intimate as their own love story – written by their grandson. One can only imagine how much their creativity was nourished by their personal relationship. It will be extremely exciting to read their story and to get to know both of them almost as close as they knew each other. The fact that their creations have proven to be timeless since the day they were born is proof in itself of extraordinary, unbreakable love.”
– Piret Veigel, Senior Editor at Postimees Publishing House, Estonia

THE STORY OF AINO AND ALVAR AALTO
Rakastan sinussa ihmistä
Otava, August 2021, pp. 460

Reading Material:
English sample, table of contents, info, Full Finnish PDF

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ESTONIA: Postimees
HUNGARY: Európa Könyvkiadó
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. 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.

Bibliography


2021, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto

Heikki Aalto-Alanen

World English rights for THE STORY OF AINO AND ALVAR AALTO acquired by Phaidon Press!

The world’s leading publisher of books of the creative arts, Phaidon Press has acquired World English rights to The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto by Aaltos’ grandson Heikki Aalto-Alanen. This unique work of art, based on unpublished correspondence of Aino and Alvar Aalto will be published as a beautifully illustrated book for the English speaking global market in 2022/2023 and will be translated by award-winning translator David Hackston. Rights have been previously sold to Soshisha in Japan and Postimees in Estonia for publication in 2022. In Finland, Otava published this beautiful work of art in August 2021.

“We are very proud to have acquired the rights for the English edition of Heikki Aalto Alanen’s book on Aino and Alvar Aalto. It is an honour to publish the great story of two talented individuals, who changed forever the course of modern architecture and design.”
– Emilia Terragni, Associated Publisher, Phaidon Press London.

Phaidon is the premier global publisher of the creative arts. Phaidon works with the world’s most influential authors to produce innovative books on art, photography, design, architecture, fashion, food, and travel, and illustrated books for children. Phaidon has a long and distinguished history as an art-book publisher with over 1,500 titles in print. With Headquarters in London and New York, and offices in Paris and Berlin, Phaidon now operates a global sales and distribution network, selling in over 100 countries.

The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto is based on previously unpublished correspondence between the couple from 1921-1949 and compiled and written by Heikki Aalto-Alanen, a grandson of the Aaltos.

The book has been prepared with precision, thoroughness and with love as the material is intimate and belongs to the Aalto family archives. This is the love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto.

In addition to the photographs from the family archive, the book is illustrated with Aino and Alvar’s drawings of each other and of their children, as well as landscape drawings made while traveling, along with other architectural drawings and photographs.

Download the reading materials from here.

The Finnish publisher Otava rejoices of the world conquest that the book is making. Literary Director Minna Castrén says, ”We congratulate Heikki Aalto-Alanen for the global  success of this exceptional book. In his work, Aalto-Alanen has exceeded our expectations: THE STORY OF AINO AND ALVAR AALTO is simply put – a treasure.”

Publishers’ praises:

“We are truly delighted for this opportunity to introduce such an extremely valuable book of correspondences written by the internationally renowned Finnish architects, Aino and Alvar Aalto, to Japan. The Aaltos are widely recognized in Japan as well, and the ideas which they pursued on design have been continuously referenced and implemented in the fields of architecture and design in Japan today. I believe that the Japanese people resonate with their deep understanding of human and nature through their design utilizing curved lines and wood. I am sure that Japanese readers are highly anticipating this book and its revelations about how the Aaltos have lived through tumultuous times and thought about design.“
– Kazuhiro Yoshida, Editor, Soshisha, Japan

 “When we think about great minds, we tend to see more of the result of their work than the people behind it. Aino and Alvar Aalto’s work in the field of design and architecture has had a great impact worldwide, representing beauty, harmony, and comfort. There are books and studies which can tell us many things about it, but I believe that none of them can ever be as personal and intimate as their own love story – written by their grandson. One can only imagine how much their creativity was nourished by their personal relationship. It will be extremely exciting to read their story and to get to know both of them almost as close as they knew each other. The fact that their creations have proven to be timeless since the day they were born is proof in itself of extraordinary, unbreakable love.”
– Piret Veigel, Senior Editor at Postimees Publishing House, Estonia

 

 

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Postimees
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. 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.

Bibliography


2021, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto

Heikki Aalto-Alanen

The much-awaited insider book on the designer couple THE STORY OF AINO AND ALVAR AALTO is published today

Today is the publishing day of The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto by Heikki Aalto-Alanen. The book is published by Otava Publishing in Finnish. It is based on previously unpublished correspondence between the couple from 1921-1949 and compiled and written by Heikki Aalto-Alanen, a grandson of the Aaltos.

The book has been prepared with precision, thoroughness and with love as the material is intimate and belongs to the Aalto family archives. This is the love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto.

In honour of the publication day, Heikki Aalto-Alanen has been interviewed by the Finnish newspapers. Today in Keskisuomalainen Newspaper, Aalto-Alanen says:

– The letters haven’t been showed to anyone, really. Only biographer Göran Schildt and film director Virpi Suutari have used them in their works as research material. An absolute pearl is Aino’s travel journal which I happened to find from my mother’s night desk. The notes describe widely Aino’s travels, her thoughts, and plans.

In addition to the photographs from the family archive, the book is illustrated with Aino and Alvar’s drawings of each other and of their children, as well as landscape drawings made while traveling, along with other architectural drawings and photographs.

Download materials for the book from here.

“Countless books have been written about Alvar Aalto’s architecture and other works. Recently, Aino Marsio-Aalto has also received the recognition she deserves in her own right as well as in her role in the rise of Alvar Aalto as one of the leading architects of the 20th century,” says Heikki Aalto-Alanen. “The voice in this book is personal. I want to tell the story of Aino and Alvar’s unique partnership, relationship, and their joint life work from the perspective of a family member. I also want their own voices to be heard.”

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Postimees
JAPAN: Soshisha

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. 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.

Bibliography


2021, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto

Heikki Aalto-Alanen

Japanese sale for AINO & ALVAR AALTO!

We cannot be more excited to let you know that Japanese publisher Soshisha has acquired rights to THE STORY OF AINO AND ALVAR AALTO, written by Aaltos’ grandson Heikki Aalto-Alanen.

This is a love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto including previously unpublished correspondence from 1921-1949, photography and drawings. Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino are internationally celebrated for their architecture, furniture, glassware and other interior design, but their personal lives have been relatively unknown – until now.

Download the English sample by clicking here

Soshisha is known for its successful translation titles for history and biographies and they are really happy for the acquisition:

We are truly delighted for this opportunity to introduce such an extremely valuable book of correspondences written by the internationally renowned Finnish architects, Aino and Alvar Aalto, to Japan. The Aaltos are widely recognized in Japan as well, and the ideas which they pursued on design have been continuously referenced and implemented in the fields of architecture and design in Japan today. I believe that the Japanese people resonate with their deep understanding of human and nature through their design utilizing curved lines and wood. I am sure that Japanese readers are highly anticipating this book and its revelations about how the Aaltos have lived through tumultuous times and thought about design. 
– Kazuhiro Yoshida, Editor, Soshisha, Japan

 


THE STORY OF AINO AND ALVAR AALTO
by Heikki Aalto-Alanen
Otava, September 2021

This is the love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto.
Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino are internationally celebrated for their architecture, furniture, glassware and other interior design, but their personal lives have been relatively unknown – until now. This book, written by the Aaltos’ grandson, contains photos, sketches, and personal letters between Aino and Alvar beautifully illustrating how inseparable this couple was both in work and love.

“Countless books have been written about Alvar Aalto’s architecture and other works. Recently, Aino Marsio-Aalto has also received the recognition she deserves in her own right as well as in her role in the rise of Alvar Aalto as one of the leading architects of the 20th century,” says Heikki Aalto-Alanen, grandson of the Aaltos’.
“The voice in this book is personal. I want to tell the story of Aino and Alvar’s unique partnership, relationship, and their joint life work from the perspective of a family member. I also want their own voices to be heard.”

In addition to the photographs from the family archive, the book is illustrated with Aino and Alvar’s drawings of each other and of their children, as well as landscape drawings made while traveling, along with other architectural drawings and photographs

THE STORY OF AINO & ALVAR AALTO
RAKASTAN SINUSSA IHMISTÄ – AINO JA ALVAR AALLON TARINA

Otava, September 2021

Reading materials:  
English sample

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

ESTONIA: Postimees
JAPAN: Soshisha

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. 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.

Bibliography


2021, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto

Heikki Aalto-Alanen

EALA Spring 2021 Non-Fiction Rights Guide

We are very proud to share our Spring 2021 Non-Fiction Rights Guide and announce exciting titles from uncovering dangerous companies, exploring a unique love story and everything in between!

Browse our full Spring 2021 Non-Fiction Rights Guide here.


 

The 50 Most Dangerous Companies in the World 
by Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

He who controls technology and our knowledge rules the world.

This exciting non-fiction title by experienced financial journalists Hannu Sokala and Juha-Pekka Raeste uncovers 50 companies that make up a large part of global market forces and that largely determine the kind of world we live in.

Some of the companies in the list are relatively unknown (Zhōngguó Yāncǎo Zǒnggōngsī and BlacRrock) some predictable (Google, Amazon), some may seem surprising (Ikea and Disney) and some inevitable (Gazprom and Chevron). Some feed on our gluttony (Cargill and Coca-Cola), some on our vanity (ByteDance and Facebook), some on the lust and some on the greed.

The book reads like a thriller story, starting with the smaller players and ending with the most dangerous companies in the World.

Download info sheet and Finnish pdf here

English sample coming soon!

 

The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto
by Heikki Aalto-Alanen

The love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto, written by the Aaltos’ grandson

Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino are internationally celebrated for their architecture, furniture, glassware and other interior design, but their personal lives have been relatively unknown – until now. This book, written by the Aaltos’ grandson, contains photos, sketches, and personal letters between Aino and Alvar beautifully illustrating how inseparable this couple was both in work and love.

“Countless books have been written about Alvar Aalto’s architecture and other works. Recently, Aino Marsio-Aalto has also received the recognition she deserves in her own right as well as in her role in the rise of Alvar Aalto as one of the leading architects of the 20th century,” says Heikki Aalto-Alanen. “The voice in this book is personal. I want to tell the story of Aino and Alvar’s unique partnership, relationship, and their joint life work from the perspective of a family member. I also want their own voices to be heard.”

In addition to the photographs from the family archive, the book is illustrated with Aino and Alvar’s drawings of each other and of their children, as well as landscape drawings made while traveling, along with other architectural drawings and photographs.

Download English sample from here

 

Gentle Power: A Revolution in How We Think, Lead and Succeed
by Emilia Lahti

GENTLE POWER is a universal strategy showing how integrity-fueled fortitude is the key to restoring balance to a globalized capitalist world where it seems the value of true human connection is becoming less of a priority every day. It starts first with personal transformation, but leads to better business practices, a stronger sense of self, and a deeper connection to the world and to others.

Based on her pioneering research at University of Pennsylvania on the Finnish concept of sisu, Lahti’s work proves that true success cannot be achieved or sustained by measuring profits and keeping track of “wins.” Instead, success in all areas of life is deeply rooted in the qualities of gentleness and grounded, rooted strength. Lahti shows that we all have access to deep reserves of this gentle power, ingrained in our biology and in our cultural origins, it simply needs to be embraced and nurtured in order to access its transformative power.

Download English proposal and sample chapters here

 

Future Identities
by Perttu Pölönen

Are you an expander, inspirer, crystallizer, or enlightener?

The years and decades to come will force each of us to rethink our place in this world. Traditionally, identity has been based on a profession, for example, but in the future it is worth building on skills.

Future Identities is an immersive book on identifying one’s own strengths and verbalizing them. If you were a colorer, extender, linker or cross-pollinator, what could you do in the future?

English sample coming soon!

 

Daily Sisu: How to tap into Finnish fortitude for a more resilient life.
by Katja Pantzar

Daily Sisu is a hands-on guide on how to use sisu – the unique Finnish concept of fortitude in the face of challenges – in your everyday life. 

By the author of The Finnish Way – rights sold to 22 territories!

Inspired by sisu, the unique form of Finnish resilience and courage in the face of all sorts of challenges, journalist and writer Katja Pantzar embarks on a journey to uncover practical sisu-inspired ways of coping with tough times. Whether that means dealing with the everyday issues facing us all ranging from wellbeing and health concerns to relationship and work-career dilemmas or bigger picture social and sustainability issues, Daily Sisu offers inspiration, hope, action and motivation.

Download English proposal & sample chapters here

English manuscript coming in May 2021

 

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Extraordinary “Badass” Women of History – meet Pirates, Psychics, Priestesses and Princess Spies and 96 other women whose stories your history teacher never told you.

Extraordinary Women of History introduces over a hundred exceptional women from different periods of history and from all corners of the world. It is a veritable treasury of captivating stories and unsung ballads about the exciting women in history. Outrageous, amazing, terrible, heroic, thrilling and above all extraordinary; their life stories make the reader gasp and ask: “Why haven’t I heard of them before?”

Download English sample here