Artek

The Finnish furniture brand Artek was established in 1935 by the architect Alvar Aalto, his wife Aino, art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl and visual arts promoter Maire Gullichsen. The group’s goal was to ‘sell furniture and promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means’.

The name ‘Artek’ was intended to represent the combination of art and technology and the Artek design collection includes furniture, lighting and accessories designed by both Finnish and international designers.

Artek furniture is functional, combining clarity and simplicity in timeless yet wholly modern designs.

Today Artek is considered to be one of the most innovative contributors to modern design and the designs can be seen in museums to hotels, offices and homes. Artek continues to search for solutions to sustainable design, looking for the highest quality new materials.

Iconic Artek designs include the classic Artek 60 stool, the spectacular Artek A330S pendant lamp  and the Artek 41 Armchair ‘Paimio' - a masterpiece which helped to launch Aalto’s career.

Typical of many Aalto pieces of furniture the ‘L’ shaped legs  - which was a new and simpler way of attaching legs to a table - was patented by Artek in 1933 and is still used to this day. In fact, this technique is so popular than many will see it without realising where the idea originated from.

Artek is now owned by Vitra, but the company still has its headquarters in Finland and maintain close relations with the Aalto family and the Alvar Aalto Foundation.

We are privileged to be able to offer iconic Artek pieces in the UK along with new designs as the company continues to combine art and technology.

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