Artek – Arts and technology since 1935
The Finnish company Artek was founded in 1935 by four at that time young and idealistic designers: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Marie Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The business idea behind Artek was to show, offer and sell furniture and modern living culture. The four Artek founders represented modern ideas and approaches to everyday room designs, urban planning, architecture and design.
Even today, Artek is still known as one of the most innovative retailers of modern design products. The design concept builds on Alvar Aalto’s heritage – Functionality and timeless aesthetics are the essential elements that unify Artek’s products. Artek’s understanding of furniture systems is built on the ideals of standards and systems, because they have their origin in Alvar Aaltos L system. This thinking makes Artek’s furniture versatile and allows them to be adapted to individual projects.
Artek’s furniture not only suits private areas, but also public spaces, museums, schools, hotels and offices. Artek’s headquarters are in Finland. Until today, the company that nowadays belongs to a Swedish company, still keeps contact with the family of Alvar and Aino Aalto as well as to the Alvar Aalto foundation. Artek stands in the tradition of its four founders, but at the same time dared to step into a new era.
Artek combines the ideals of its idealistic founders with a contemporary and dynamic design approach. The Artek design was shaped by strong and talented personalities, whose radical ideas are still inspiring and alive today. The Artek founders have developed a more accessible, human and experimental design language that draws a large part of its inspiration from nature. Experience from more than 70 years of company history and the further development of traditional manufacturing methods ensure that the products by Alvar and Aino Aalto and others stay timeless and outlast generations.
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