- Swiss brand Vitra has announced that it purchased Artek in a move to bring more global exposure to the iconic Finnish design house.
The grown-up version of Ikea, Naoto Fukasawa’s Shelving System for Artek is a vision of modular minimalism. Taking another step in cementing Artek’s legacy of Scandinavian simplicity, the lacquered birch, painted MDF, and zinc and aluminum of the design make a clear case that less is indeed more. Though we’d be happy stacking books on this thing, the metal braces give it a slight industrial feel that makes it ideal for any office, be downtown or just down the hall.
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The classic of the bunch, Alvar Aalto’s 1936 design is the quintessence of Scandinavian modernism. Better still, the 112B is deep and wide enough to handle a potted plant and your Finnish–English dictionary without losing its functional elegance. It looks great hung alone or with a small squadron of other 112Bs.
If the devil is in the details, then we’d be even more enamored of Aalto’s design if the screws that affix the hanging brackets to the shelf weren’t exposed.
The understated simplicity of the design and its $425 price tag may chafe when your friends ask (understandably) if you got the shelf at Ikea.
- Boldly declaring “One Chair Is Enough,” Artek, the Finnish company founded in part by legendary architect Alvar Aalto, today introduced a new product line, the 10-Unit System by Shigeru…
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Having just returned from a trip to Copenhagen, I have Scandinavian design on the brain. Though the region arguably experienced its golden era in the mid-20th century, with the work of icons like Arne Jacobsen and Alvar Aalto, a new generation of designers and companies are putting a fresh and playful spin on the region's famously well-made, clean-lined design. Here are a few of my favorite recent finds, ideal gifts for the modern design-lover in your life...
- Brian Keaney of TonfiskDesign may be Irish, but his Finnish is flawless; he guides us through icecold Helsinki’s hot spots.