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Design Profiles

Project aluminium profiles in practice

The most important piece of general design advice we can give is to talk to Sapa’s technicians about your vision. It naturally makes sense to follow guidelines, but innovation is not always about following rules. For a variety of reasons we occasionally break
several of the guidelines given in this book. The following are some examples of designers who have realised their visions
with the help of Sapa – sometimes by following rules, and sometimes by pushing the boundary.

The Alvar Aalto Collection was created by Iittala in collaboration with Pentagon Design. These objects are based on a shape created by Aalto 70 years ago. The irregular shape and changing wall thickness of the serviette ring really tested the skills of Sapa’s technicians, toolmakers and production personnel. The wall thickness ranges from 1,2 to 3,5 mm.

Felicity steam shower from Tylö, with massage jets, rain mode, built-in lighting and water cascade. The supporting structure is made from anodised profiles, with doors of toughened safety glass. The profiles conceal and protect the piping and electronics. Very high standards of surface finish and dimensional tolerances. 

Profile technology delivers both form and function.


Fogg pendant light fitting from Ateljé Lyktan.Design: Stefan Borselius.

Here, the advantages of extrusion technology are combined with the properties of aluminium.Consumers want a sturdy chair that weighs little and is easy to carry. Profile technology was used to create a strong telescoping design. Aluminium is more than strong enough (see the photo below for proof). The product is called the Walkstool Comfort and is the only three-legged stool with telescopic legs that is patented and trademarked. It is marketed in some 35 countries. www.walkstool.com

Tesla desk light from Ateljé Lyktan. Design Henrik Schulz.Frame: natural anodised or black anodised aluminium profile.
Base: lacquered profile that also houses electronic components.