68% new wool, 26% cotton, 6% nylon  – 19 available colours – 100.000 Martindale (durability)
 

Kiki elements

 

dimensions

bench 3-seater
bench 2-seater
ottoman
birch veneer
black laminate
white laminate
leather walnut Sørensen
fabric Hallingdal 407, by Kvadrat
 

upholstery

100% natural aniline leather

price group 5

Prestige is a beautiful, strong and supple leather. It is extremely soft to touch, with a slight shine on the pebbles. The leather is full grain, which means that its natural surface structure has been preserved and all natural markings are visible. Natural markings are the hallmarks of the animal’s active life and give the piece of furniture a unique sense of character.

 

Despite its upscale appearance, Prestige has an incredible appealing practical side, as well. The protective surface finish makes it extremely durable and entirely smudge-proof. Moreover, it is extremely comfortable.

The H55 pattern has been designed in 1955 by Elissa Aalto, second wife of Alvar Aalto.

 

> see the H55 collection

For Aino and Alvar Aalto, fabrics were an integral element of domestic life and played a crucial role in Artek's design philosophy from its earliest days to the present. Aino Aalto originally discovered the classic Zebra fabric during her European travels and incorporated it in Artek interiors as early as the 1930s.

 

Characterized by a soft, sensual feel and striking visual depth, the Zebra fabric brings a touch of the wild to any interior. Today the wool and cotton based Zebra fabric is manufactured in Germany, woven exclusively for Artek.

 

> see the Zebra collection

price group 4
price group 3
price group 2
price group 1
94% new wool, 6% nylon – 31 available colours – 100.000 Martindale (durability)
100% wool – 35 available colours – 45.000 Martindale (durability)
90% wool / 10% helanca – 47 available colours – 100.000 Martindale (durability)
58% wool / 25% viscose / other – 24 available colours – 50.000 Martindale (durability)
90% wool / 10% nylon – 50 available colours – 100.000 Martindale (durability)
92% wool / 8% nylon – 49 available colours – 100.000 Martindale (durability)
70% wool / 30% viscose – 58 available colours – 100.000 Martindale (durability)

Elegance is an exquisite type of leather of the finest quality European oxhide. It has an exclusive and natural look and is soft and pleasant to the touch. Elegance is aniline leather and is chrome tanned but then subsequently vegetable tanned, which gives the leather greater firmness. This type of leather has a natural and raw surface, allowing the leather to breathe and offers excellent sitting comfort as well as a feeling of exclusivity.

 

The leather is full grain, which means that its natural surface structure has been preserved and all natural markings are visible. Natural markings are the hallmarks of the animal’s active life and give the piece of furniture a unique sense of character. Elegance leather varies in colour from hide to hide and acquires a beautiful, lighter patina with use and exposure to sunlight.

> Sörensen Elegance leather

100% pigmented and protected leather

> Sörensen Prestige leather

60% wool, 40% cotton

> H55 fabric (Artek fabric)

56% wool, 39% cotton, 5% polyamide

> Zebra fabric

fabric:  Vidar 1062, de Kvadrat
fabric Hallingdal 130, by Kvadrat
Designing not for the few, but for the many was a guiding principle for the Finnish master Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914 -1999) throughout his career. Already as a student, Tapiovaara focused on improving everyday life for larger parts of the population through furniture based on serial production. He took the aesthetic and ideological aspects of modernism as a starting point for his profession.
 
At the end of the 1950s, Ilmari Tapiovaara’s designs shifted from the organic, curved forms found in nature to modular systems inspired by, for instance, molecular structures. The Kiki Collection, designed in 1960 for both public and private use, is based on a metal tube with an oval cross section. This was the first time that Tapiovaara built a consistent system of matching parts, including a multi-purpose chair, a stool, a bench, a small side table, a lounge chair and a sofa. The modular, right-angled designs make it easy to combine the various pieces with each other.
 
The manufacturer of the oval metal tubes had allegedly approached Tapiovaara with the request to design a product that could make use of his considerable overstock of the material. And Tapiovaara succeeded: thanks to its simple and compact, yet refined proportions, the Kiki chair became a favourite of Modernist architects in Finland during the 1960s, and was awarded with the gold medal at the Milan Triennale in 1960.
 
Today, the Kiki Collection comprises sofas, benches, a lounge chair and side tables. The collection is available in a wide range of fabrics and leathers, demonstrating the visual generosity and versatility of the products.

Artek

 

Kiki

lounge chairs, sofas, benches, low tables

 

design

Ilmari Tapiovaara

, 1960

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