● Chairs ● Stools & Benches ● Tables ● Lounge Chairs & Sofas
● Coffee & Side Tables ● Storage ● Decoration ● Textile Collections
Artek was founded in 1935 in Helsinki, Finland, by four young idealistes: Alvar Aalto, Aino Aalto, Nils-Gustav Hahl and Mayor Gullichsen. Their goal, as described in a founding manifest, was at the same time philosophical, social, artistic and industrial, with the ambition of creating a "modern housing culture" through "durable and high quality furniture", using its "own forms and language".
In keeping with the radical spirit of its founders, Artek today remains an innovative player in the world of modern design, developing new products at the intersection of design, architecture, and art. The Artek collection consist of furniture, lighting, and accessories designed by Finnish masters and leading international designers. It stands for clarity, functionality, and poetic simplicity.
Dominated by the visionary talent of the architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1896-1976), Artek's production immediately put forth natural and warm materials such as wood, copper and leather, at a time when modernity was dominated by chromed, metal and strict geometric lines (Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer, etc.). Alvar Aalto's aesthetic, at the same time humble and genial, has now extended into the production of the brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, who have been able to give contemporary versions of the modularity so dear to Aalto (Kaari collection) and to his mix of geometric rigor and fragility of the hand drawn patterns (Rivi collection).
For more than 80 years, Artek products have enriched public spaces, museum, schools, restaurants, hotels, shops, as well as countless private homes all over the world. In 2013, the Swiss design editor Vitra acquired Artek. On this occasion, Daniel Sachs, Artek's Executive Director, said "Vitra has the entrepreneurial culture, know-how and industrial resources ideal to enable Artek to continue its development".
Offering design at the right price is an integral part of our work. If you find the same item at a lower price at another retailer, delivery included, we will not only match it, but even offer you a better price.
How to take advantage of it?
We compare our prices every day with all authorized retailers in Europe. If nevertheless you find cheaper, contact us for a counter-proposal.
We must be able to verify that the item is authentic, new, perfectly identical (size, materials, color, etc.)
and that it is not part of a campaign or temporary destocking.
The valid basis is, for example, a current quote or a direct link to another retailer's website where the lower price is indicated. An email image is invalid, the original email must be forwarded.
The offer does not apply to orders already placed and cannot be combined with any of our other offers or promotions.