Artek Chairs

Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl founded Artek in 1935. They made a huge difference in architecture, art and design - designs and techniques which are still used to this day.

Artek is famous for housing one of the most innovative design teams. The Artek collection comprises furniture, lighting and accessories by Nordic masters and international artists, architects and designers.

Designed by Alvar Aalto in 1932 Artek 41 armchair ‘Paimio' helped to launch Aalto’s career and is one of his masterpieces.

This Artek chair was designed for the interior of Paimio Tuberculosis Sanatorium. Alvar Aalto designed this sanatorium after he won the architectural competition held in 1929. He designed the building and the furniture to act as part of the healing process, calling the building a ‘medical instrument’. The sanatorium has since been nominated to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Artek 41 armchair ‘Paimio’ set new standards in furniture design. The seat of the chair appears to float and as it is only fixed to the frame at four points, it has a large amount of elasticity. The armrests are made from a single piece of wood that is then split in half to ensure that as the Artek chair ages and the wood changes over time, the chair remains perfectly balanced.

The Artek 69 chair is another design classic and has become an iconic piece. One of Artek’s most popular chairs, it is so durable and versatile that it can be used in your kitchen at home or for professional use.

Likewise, Artek chair 66 is another classic, with a wide backrest for comfort and a handle-like back so that it is easy to move around.

 

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