The AMA500 Pendant Light is still in use ine the library of Villa Mairea, widely recognised as one of the great masterpieces of 20th-century architecture. The private residence was designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto in 1938-39 for Maire and Harry Gullichsen, ardent art collectors and patrons, the former also a co-founder of Artek. The result was a unique and complete work of art, where Aalto's goal of modernist architecture with human qualities reaches its fullest expression.
Providing a soft and warm light, Pendant Light AMA500 is of mid-size and composed of sheet steel. Suitable as a single light source over a dining table or desk, its generous width sheds a substantial amount of light downwards. A true centrepiece, the AMA500 comes in two colour variations, classic white with brass details, or in a limited edition deep green with brass details, identical to the pendant light hanging in the library of the Aaltos’ masterpiece Villa Mairea.
Shade & canopy formed sheet steel and brass
Dimensions Ø32 x H23 cm
Cable white pvc 250 cm
Light source 1 x E27
AMA500 – white / brass
Villa Mairea library
Aino Aalto (born Aino Mandelin-Marsio, 1894-1949) was a pioneer of Finnish design. Born in Helsinki, Finland, she received her architecture degree in 1920 from Helsinki Polytechnic. In 1924, Aino joined famed Finnish architect Alvar Aalto’s firm. That step proved fateful for them both, both professionally and personally. They soon got married - and in 1935, they founded Artek together with Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The couple worked closely until Aino Aalto’s death, collaborating on several projects that have left a significant mark on global design.
Independently, Aino Aalto is also known for her own individual contributions which helped bring modern Finnish design to the international arena. Her architectural exhibitions for Artek received the Gran Prix at the 1936 Milan Triennial. Aino Aalto also won the gold medal at the same competition for her “Aalto Glasses” which were inspired by the circles created by throwing rocks in the water. Eighty years later, the versatile, stackable “Aino Aalto” glassware continues to be a timeless classic for Iittala. Aino Aalto also designed buildings, interiors, furniture and textiles.