Artek - art and technology
Artek is renowned as one of the most innovative contributions to modern design.
Long-term durability and high quality combined with a clean-lined form language are the essential elements in the creation of every single product that bears the Artek name. Artek's comprehensive furnishing system can be used in all kinds of situations from public spaces to offices, museums to schools, hotels to homes. Artek history
Artek was founded in 1935 by four young Finns led by the visionary modern architect Alvar Aalto.
Alvar Aalto began designing furnishings as a natural and important extension of his architectural thinking. His first modern furniture was created in 1931-32 for the tuberculosis sanatorium in Paimio, which proved to be his international breakthrough. Artek was set up in 1935 to market Aalto's furniture, lamps and textiles, particularly on international markets where Artek focused its operations from the initial stages. Core values
Artek's design philosophy brings a human perspective to modernism. By blending functionalism with form and sculptural simplicity with the emotional warmth of wood, Artek's furniture supports and nourishes our physical and psychological wellbeing.
Artek's iconic status is founded on innovative design thanks to its founder, Alvar Aalto. In the 1930s Aalto invented new methods for bending and splicing wood to realise the revolutionary structural ideas and fluid organic forms of his most dynamic designs.
Artek's reputation is founded on our commitment to quality and continuity. Modern techniques combined with traditional craftsmanship ensure the quality of each piece of furniture. Tables and chairs supplied in the 1930s are still in use proving the furniture's longevity and graceful aging process. This is supported by a service policy that ensures we can provide any replacement part. Artek and the ..