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The work of the Finnish designer Aino Aalto (née Marsio), like the American designer Ray Eames, has tended to be overshadowed by the work of her husband, a process in which historians have colluded. In fact she collaborated with Alvar across many aspects of design practice, from furniture to glass, following their marriage in 1924. A qualified architect and interior and glass designer, she and Alvar designed for many companies including the Iittala glass company (which made her 1932 pressed glass Bölgeblick range, in production until the 1950s). As production supervisor, she also played an active role in the Artek Company (established in Helsinki in 1935) which manufactured and sold Aalto furniture as well as promoting modern Scandinavian art and design. She and Alvar were jointly awarded the commission for the Finnish Pavilion at the New York World's Fair of 1939–40.

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