The Artek Story
In 1935, Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl teamed up to "promote a modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other educational means." They wanted to change the way the public viewed modern design by incorporating their beautiful, simple, functional designs into everyday life. "Artek" is a mashup of Art and Technology and sums up the company's philosophy.Read More
Their designs are heavily influenced by Alvar Aalto, renowned for his mid-century modern creations that not only support work, living and educational spaces in their clear functions, but elegantly decorate them as well.
Why We Love Artek Furniture
Their devotion to promoting the welfare of the people has made Artek a lighthouse of contemporary excellence. Artek exemplifies modern Scandinavian design in the minimalist beauty and clear humanistic functional purpose of their products. They have a deep respect for early modern designers, like Alvar Aalto and Eero Aarnio, and continue to introduce modern furniture collections that uphold these designers' traditionally simplistic style. It is because of this appreciation for and understanding of understated design that Artek's pieces are able to translate so easily to today's contemporary homes.
Fun Facts About Artek
Many of Artek's pieces were originally created for use in public venues, like schools and museums. The A330 Pendant, for example, was designed for large building projects in the 1950s, first used in the "Lyhty" teachers' lounge at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.
Noteworthy Products from Artek
As one of the most noteworthy stools in modern design, Alvar Aalto's 1933 Stool 60 is re-introduced by Artek and is a go-to choice for an iconic piece. It's available in a variety of variations and colors too, making it easy to find a home anywhere in yours. And the Pirkka collection showcases Artek's soft approach to contemporary furniture.
Made in Emeco’s legendary 77-step process, this discrete piece champions strength, simplicity, and timelessness. The 1 Inch Small Stool, Upholstered from Emeco is stamped with designer Jasper Morrison’s “super normal” aesthetic, one that feels natural in its balance of form ...
The Vitra Butterfly Stool was originally designed by Sori Yanagi in 1954, with Eastern shapes formed via the plywood bending methods employed by Ray and Charles Eames. The resulting gentle curves are evocative of a butterfly's fluttering wings. Available in ...
An epitome of elegance. The Cherner Metal Base Stool by Cherner Chair Company reinvents classic design to suit today's lifestyle. An original design reissued to exacting specifications of Norman Cherner's iconic 1958 stool, this furniture brings understated style to your ...
A revival of the classics with modern elegance. Practical and versatile, this Magis Deja-vu Low Stool will be a handy addition to your house. Naoto Fukasawa, an expert Japanese designer, focuses on creating refined pieces with minimal design and smooth ...