Alvar Aalto Akatemia Academy
After the Villa Mairea, the Maison Louis Carré is the most carefully executed and detailed of the private houses designed by Alvar Aalto. Built for a wealthy parisian art dealer, the house is situated in the small village of Bazoches-sur-Gyuonne, in the historic rural landscape near Versailles and Chartres. Although the Maison Louis Carré is an expression of Aalto at his most mature, it also embracees the youthful architectonic ideas of his second wife, Elissa Aalto.
In her articles, A Home of design and Art Living at Maison Louis Carré, Asdis Olafsdottir deals with life in the house and the complex process of designing its interiors, with particular reference to the specially made unique pieces of furniture.
In his essay, "I speak of what is good", Esa Laoksonen discusses the architecture of the building as a complete work of art and its relationship to Aalto's other designs. His analysis largely centres around the hitherto unpublished sketches, working drawings and photographs in the collection of the Aalvar Aalto Museum.
Antoine Terrasse describes Louis Carre's rich and eventful life, story complemented by Irmelin Lebeer's interview with the art dealer in the 1960s. Louis Carré was a leading figure in the art world of the last century and his scholarly works on medieval French silver are still considered essential reading on the subject.