Alvar Aalto was born in 1898 in the village of Kuortane. Later, he moved to Jyvaskyla, a town that now holds 37 of his buildings. He went on to study at Helsinki University of Technology. After living in Turku for a time, he then moved to Helsinki, where he worked until his death in 1976. Aalto's work was very broad in scope, ranging from buildings to furniture, glassware, jewelry, and other forms of art. Whether he was designing buildings or town plans, he always tried to achieve artistic harmony through a synergistic method involving people and their environment.