Founded in 1935 by young idealists, Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl, the Artek business idea of the company was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other educational means.” The founders of Artek believed in a grand synthesis of the arts and wanted to make a difference in town planning as well as architecture and design.
The creative hub of the company is Artek STUDIO where new products and ideas are developed. Artek is continuously searching for new materials and questioning existing solutions for sustainable design. The cornerstones of the company’s product development strategy are ethics, aesthetics and ecology. In Artek, this translates into a combination of high quality, timeless classics and strong ideology in design thinking. Artek continues to work in close collaboration with prominent international architects, designers and artists, such as Eero Aarnio, Naoto Fukasawa, Harri Koskinen and Enzo Mari.