Introduce :Artek and their projects with Shigeru Ban

Monday, July 20, 2009

Artek – Art and Technology Since 1935
Artek was founded in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The business idea of the company was "to sell furniture and to promote modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other means." The founders of Artek advocated a new kind of environment for everyday life. They believed in a grand synthesis of the arts and wanted to make a difference in town planning as well as architecture and design.

Artek is a sales and propaganda center for the new housing ideology.
Nils-Gustav Hahl, 1935
Artek in Milan
Year: 2007 18 - 23 April 2007
Artek introduced the pavilion designed by architect Shigeru Ban in Milan 2007. The pavilion was made in co-operation with UPM and built out of UPM-developed wood-plastic composite. The pavilion started a materials-oriented product development that has since led to new discoveries. Along with the pavilion, Artek in Milan 2007 also showcased some exeptional 2nd Cycle items with embedded RFID tags containing their stories and history. Classic Artek pieces were also given a new, fresh look through the introduction of the Artek White collection.
Photos: Sabine Schweigert
Artek Pavilion in Helsinki
Year: 2007 28.8 - 23.9 2007
Artek Pavilion, the co-operation between Artek, UPM and architect Shigeru Ban first shown in Milan 2008, was built in Helsinki before being shown in Design Miami in December.
Photos: Rauno Träskelin
Artek in Design Miami
Year: 2007 7 - 9 December 2007
The Artek / UPM / Shigeru Ban collaboration, the Artek Pavilion, was shown in Design Miami along with the 2nd Cycle concept.
Photos: Michael Stavaridis
All above images and info text from Artek