Artek was founded in 1935 by 4 forward thinking modernists. The companies foundation was built on the idea of - "selling furniture and to promote modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other means." The founders of Artek advocated a new kind of environment for everyday life. Their designs look so recognisable now but at the time were revolutionary. A favourite of ours is the simple 60 Stool and the A330S Pendant Light.
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Wirkkala was often inspired by nature. His work is characterised by its wide scope and exceptional craftsmanship. He has been compared to the master craftsmen of Scandinavia's past. Wirkkala drew a great deal, but he also wanted to study personally the various stages of making objects, such as glassblowing: "I always try to be involved in the whole working process in which the object achieves its final shape". The majority of the approximately 100 lamps Wirkkala designed for serial production were conceived between 1959 and 1961. The earliest, however, is the Triennale light from 1951. The conical piece is a turn-moulded opalescent glass pendant, which was originally made for the Finnish Pavilion at the Milan Triennale.
An extendable table made of Birch that comes with a choice of tops. The extension leaf measures 55cm x 85cm and is stored separately.
The Pirkka range by the Finnish interior architect and designer Ilmari Tapiovaara has gained cult status amongst Scandinavian design enthusiasts. Alluding to the origins of solid Scandinavian design ethics this is a beautiful bench that works perfectly with the Pirkka Table.
An iconic piece of 1950's design that really stands the test of time and is a true Design Classic. Made from solid birch that is perfectly finished in lacquer, this is one of the coolest rockers around.
The A338 Bilberry Light with its rounded shape is another unique creation from designer Alvar Aalto. It is perfectly suited as a spotlight where directional light is required. It was used as such in the Maison Louis Carré (Alvar Aalto 1956–1958), a renowned french gallerist’s house.
The Artek 80 Tables are a series of tables that were designed by Alvar Aalto in 1935. They have L-shaped legs in natural lacquered birch and a top in either birch veneer, black linoleum or white laminate. The tables come in many different shapes and sizes.
An iconic design that has stood the test of time since its introduction in 1933. This 3 legged stool is stackable making it perfect for commercial applications. It is a great example of Alvar Aalto's love of birch and shows his ability to create smooth curved wooden surfaces.
The Paimio chair is perhaps the best known and recognised piece of furniture designed by Alvar Aalto. A curvy design that was first intended for the tuberculosis sanatorium that Aalto famously designed and built and was used in the patients' lounge. The angle of the back was intended to help sitters/patients breathe more easily. It is named after the town in southwestern Finland where the sanatorium is based.
The Pirkka range by the Finnish interior architect and designer Ilmari Tapiovaara has gained cult status amongst Scandinavian design enthusiasts. Alluding to the origins of solid Scandinavian design ethics this is a beautiful chair that works perfectly with the Pirkka Table.
Wall Light A330S “Golden Bell” is a complement to Alvar Aalto’s popular sculptural pendant light. Its perforated rim creates a memorable corona effect and prevents glare, providing a light that is both warm-toned and characteristically diffuse. Affixed via a slender arm, it can be rotated through 180 degrees allowing for varying intensities of illumination. Available in handspun brass, or powder-coated steel in either black or white, “Golden Bell” Wall Light is an elegant reading light next to a bed, sofa, armchair or desk or warmly illuminates a kitchen table.