October 14, 2014

Bilberry™ Pendant Light - White/Steel : Artek


The beautiful A 338 Bilberry pendant lamp, designed by Alvar Aalto, is a stand-out icon of Finnish design and a Stardust Staff Pick. A beautiful lamp inspired by the Finnish "Bilberry", a small Finnish variation of the classic blueberry.  The Bilberry was one of Alvar Aalto's favorite fruits.  Alvar Aalto used to love the mustikkapiirakka his wife (Aino Aalto) used to make...a delicous Finnish Bilberry Pie.  And indeed; the shape of his lamp design clearly resembles the Bilberries which can still collected in the forests of Finland nowadays. The round Alvar Aalto Bilberry lamp, model A 338, is particularly suited as a spotlight since it provides direct non-diffused light.  One of Alvar Aalto's Finnish fixtures for Artek, the on-the-smaller-size A 338 Bilberry Pendant Lamp will provide direct light from its offset opening in the painted steel shade.  The A 338 Bilberry lamp was used in Alvar Aalto's renowned Maison Louis Carré (a modernist house designed by Alvar Aalto in 1956-1958).  Sleek, sophisticated and naturally modern, this beautiful pendant light fixture compliments any interior.


The A338 Bilberry Lamp was prominently featured in Alvar Aalto's Maison Louis Carré.  In the commune of Bazoches-sur-Guyonnes, about 40 kilometers southwest of Paris, sits one of the most important private houses designed by Alvar Aalto: Maison Louis Carré. The client, Louis Carré, was a prominent French art dealer who was also very interested in architecture. He desired a house that would be able to accommodate many guests for art viewings, but also incorporated a private component. He commissioned Aalto to design his house in 1956.