One of the most recognizable design objects in the world, Finnish designer Alvar Aalto’s Savoy Vase was designed 1936, manufactured 1960–61 and is still being produced in various sizes and colors. The freeform shape used in the shallow trays and tall vases has been repurposed by various designers for everything from hockey pucks to bathtubs. Now there’s the Oggetti Furniture Orgo Collection.
Oggetti’s Orgo Collection
The Oggetti Furniture Orgo Collection is a range of coffee or cocktail tables and end tables in various finishes, sizes and colors whose curvilinear shape echoes the famous organic curves of one of the most iconic design items of the 20th century: the Alvar Aalto Savoy Vase, sometimes referred to as the Paris Vase or the Aalto Vase.
The Coffee Tables
Oggetti’s ORGO coffee or cocktail tables measure 55 × 45 × 14 in. They are available in white, fossilized stone, black or brown penshell, the “Showtime’ veneer – a combination of rattan strips and coco twigs inlaid side by side, then covered with resin- and the Playa, inlaid with trips of shell. The White and the Showtime Veneer are available are also available in a ‘giant’ size measuring 61 × 79 × 14.5 in. as well as the original size.
The End Tables
Oggetti’s ORGO Occasional Tables come in two sizes, large (18 × 22 × 22 in) and small (15 × 18 × 18 in) and can nest. Available in white lacquer, black stone and the ‘Showtime’ veneer.
The Fossilized stone, shown below, is available in the large size only.
About Alvar Aalto’s Vase
Aalto created the Savoy vase as part of a collection of ten objects that he entered in the 1936 competition to determine what was displayed in the Swedish Pavilion for the 1937 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Aalto won the competition, and his free-form objects, ranging from a shallow dish to a tall vase, enjoyed instant popularity and were commissioned by The Helsinki Savoy Hotel in 1936-7. This vase, known variously as “The Paris Object,” the “Aalto,” and the “Savoy,” is still in production today by Finnish glass company L’ittalia as a classic example of the Scandinavian avant-garde. The vase is part of many museum’s permanent collections including The Met and its shape has been an inspiration for many products such as those shown below.
Oggetti is about to have its fiftieth anniversary. That speaks for a company that is reliable and long-term. But more remarkable is that for fifty years Oggetti has led the industry in style and design. The founders Nancy and Robert Frehling literally traveled the world sourcing furniture, accessories, lighting-all the elements to make a beautiful home. Driven by passion and a love for fine materials and design, they consistently brought home exciting additions to the realm of home furnishings. Their son Gregory became part of the team early on and picked up the travelling bug, going to Italy, the Philippines, Vietnam and other far-flung destinations to source for Oggetti. He now is at the helm, continuing the search for quality and beauty. So, as a company that has worked in the design field for almost fifty years, Oggetti has remained relevant, a beacon for forward-thinking designers and architects.
all images courtesy of Oggetti and L’Ittalia