Finnish Pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair (New York, USA: 1939)

It’s fitting that a man often called one of Finland’s greatest architects would cap his most successful decade of work with a structure that celebrated his country’s contributions to the world. Within the compact, four-story structure, photos of landscapes, people and products looked out over curvaceous, wood-slatted walls, a flowchart of Finnish industry capped off by airplane propellers spinning like fans from the ceiling.  Photo 2 of 11 in Design Icon: 10 Buildings By Alvar Aalto