Vitra, the Swiss furnishings powerhouse, has acquired the Finnish company Artek: a organization built on a foundation to “Sell furniture and to encourage a modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other educational means”.
Over: Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto, 1933. Photographer: Tuomas Uusheimo. © Artek
Artek was founded by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino, ar2rk promoter Maire Gullichsen and ar2rk historian Nils-Gustav Hahl in 1935.
Above: Armchair 42 by Alvar Aalto. Photographer: Artek. © Artek
Artek is these days recognized as an revolutionary contributor to modern style, with a lot of of the Aalto created pieces – which kind the core of the brand’s collections – remaining design and style classics and nevertheless looking modern 80 years after the creation of the styles.
Over: (left to proper) Wire Chair Eames Plastic Armchair Eames Plastic Side Chair, DAW DSW DKW Group by Charles & Ray Eames, 1950 Photographer: Marc Eggimann. © Vitra
Artek will carry on to operate as a separate entity, with largely manufacturing and distribution operation currently being linked.
Over: Vitra Style Museum by Frank Gehry, Vitra Campus, 1989. Photographer: Julien Lanoo. © Vitra
Rolf Fehlbaum, a member of Vitra’s Board of Directors says: “The Finnish design company is more than a assortment of furniture like Vitra it is a business-cultural venture which plays an avant-garde function in its sector. For Vitra it is critical that Artek can proceed and further create this part.”