Elegance Updated

Elegance Updated

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"Today the new top-class Restaurant Savoy was opened in a handsome new building at the corner of the South Esplanade and Kasarmikatu,” ran an article in the Helsingin Sanomat on 3 June, 1937.

“All indications are that it will form a popular dining and meeting place for city residents and tourists alike.”

Eighty years later, the elegant restaurant with a view over over Helsinki’s rooftops is still home to Alvar Aalto’s iconic Pendant Light A330S, relaunched in an updated form to celebrate the anniversary.

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The Savoy's airy main dining hall

Aalto created the original pendant light specifically for The Savoy, whose interior he and Aino were commissioned to design. Made from a single piece of brass, it cast golden reflections and a light both warm-toned and diffuse, quickly earning it the nickname the “Golden Bell”.

Pendant Light A330S
The textile cord is similar to the ones found at Restaurant Savoy to this day

Like its predecessor, the new "Golden Bell Savoy" is also crafted from a single piece of brass, but its surface is uncoated. The result is a natural oxidation that starts right after production and eventually ages into a beautiful patina.

Both homage to the past and celebration of the present, the Golden Bell Savoy embodies the original Artek spirit. Simultaneously streamlined and warm, it’s certain to join its sibling as one of the company’s most long-lasting and beloved designs.

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