Finnish-born Alvar Aalto’s enduring artistic influence is not just limited to the world of architecture. His Modern yet humanist approach to design has also been highly influential in the realm of furniture design and lighting. His all-encompassing skill-set combined with his impeccable eye for detail allowed him to exquisitely orchestrate every detail of his projects. His design for the Paimio Sanatorium in Finland is considered a pinnacle of 20th century architecture. It is no wonder Architectural Digest named him the giant of Modernism.
In accordance with the Modernist style, Alvar Aalto’s designs are based on the principles of rationalism and structuralism. However, unlike his predecessors he adopted these principles in a more creative and individualistic way, taking into account human emotion and functionality in his designs. Thus, his work whilst aesthetic and structurally impeccable, has a sense of warmth and functionality. Donata is inspired by this design ethos, fusing exquisite design and perfect proportions with a sense of individuality. Like Alvar Aalto, whilst she respects and adheres to tradition in certain aspects of her design, she knows her pieces must be accessible and versatile for the modern world. She believes in empowering the women she dresses by merging tradition with modernity.