WORKS - Exhibitions

ALVAR AALTO - Tokyo, Japan, 1986


This exhibition of furniture and glass works by Alvar Aalto was programmed by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Although the intention was to design an exhibition space, which would reflect an Aalto interior, budgetary limitations prevented the extensive use of wood in the same style as the Finnish master. This was of special concern because the building materials would inevitably be dismantled and disposed of after the exhibition. In order to avoid the expense and the inevitable waste of resources, recycled paper tubing was adopted as alternative material and was used to create ceiling panels, partitions, and display stands. The material explorations in this exhibit design mark the beginning of “paper architecture.”