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Artek was founded in 1935 in Helsinki, Finland, by four young idealists, Alvar Aalto, Aino Aalto, Nils-Gustav Hahl and Mayor Gullichsen. Their goal, explained in a founding manifesto, was at the same time philosophical, social, artistic and industrial, with at the heart of their ambition the dream of creating a “modern culture of housing” through “durable and high quality” furniture. , using “proper language and forms”.

In accordance with the radical spirit of its founders, Artek continues to be an innovative player in modern design, through the development of new products located at the frontiers of design, architecture and art. The collection is divided into furniture, lighting and accessories, designed by historical figures of Finnish design and contemporary designers of international renown. It is synonymous with clarity, functionality and poetic simplicity [read more].

Dominated by the visionary talent of the architect designer Alvar Aalto (1896-1976), Artek's production immediately highlighted natural and warm materials such as wood, copper and leather, at a time when modernity was dominated by metal, chrome and hard geometric lines (Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer, etc.). The aesthetic, both humble and ingenious, of Alvar Aalto finds its extension today in the production of the brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, who knew how to give contemporary versions of the modularity dear to Aalto (Kaari collection) and his talent for patterns combining geometric rigor and the fragility of hand tracing (Rivi collection).

For more than 80 years, Artek products have enriched public spaces – museums, schools, restaurants, hotels, stores – as well as countless private homes around the world. In 2013, the Swiss Vitra bought Artek. On this occasion, Daniel Sachs, Executive Director of Artek, declared 'Vitra has the ideal corporate culture, know-how and industrial resources to enable Artek to continue its development.

Artek lighting

Artek pendants


Artek wall lamps


Artek Floor lamps


Artek table lamps


Artek furniture

Artek Stools and Benches


Artek Barstools


Artek Chairs


Artek Tables


Artek Desks


Artek Coffee tables


Artek Lounge chairs and sofas


shelves – complements – textile

Artek Shelves


Artek Complements

Artek Textile

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