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September 6, 2013
Swiss brand Vitra has announced that it purchased Artek in a move to bring more global exposure to the iconic Finnish design house. Ever since Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl founded the company in 1935, Artek has been known for creating furniture and lighting in modern expressions ranging from the sinewy forms of Aalto's Paimio armchair to the rational minimalist shelving by contemporary designer Naoto Fukasawa. To celebrate the over 75 years of the company's history, we've created a timeline of 10 favorite pieces produced by Artek. Missing your favorite? Let us know in the comments section.
plywood chair 65 by artek

1935

Chair 65 by Alvar Aalto for Artek.

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paimio armchair by alvar aalto for arkek

1932

Armchair 41 by Alvar Aalto for Artek.

2 / 10
tea trolley by alvar aalto for artek

1936

Tea Trolley 901 by Alvar Aalto for Artek.

3 / 10

1940

Lounge chair by Kaj Franck for Artek.

4 / 10

1950

A338 Pendant light by Alvar Aalto for Artek.

5 / 10

1952

A110 Pendant light by Alvar Aalto for Artek.

6 / 10
upholstered orange stool by artek

1960

Kiki Stool by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek.

7 / 10
white pendant lamp by artek

1969

JL341 Pendant light by Juha Leiviskä for Artek.

8 / 10
rocket stool by artek

1995

Rocket by Eero Aarnio for Artek.

9 / 10

2009

Shelving System by Naoto Fukasawa for Artek.

10 / 10
plywood chair 65 by artek

1935

Chair 65 by Alvar Aalto for Artek.

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