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Artek launches jubilee of classic stool in Tokyo

Apart from Stool 60, Artek’s main exhibition “ARTEK FOREVER – Design for Life” in Aoyama will feature new product launches and a curated selection of the basic product range. The exhibition will consist of novelties from 2012: the Kiki Collection, the Lento Lounge chair and side table, and the Artek abc Collection, complemented by selection of classic Aalto lamps. The special attraction of the show will be colourful hand-painted unique stools by designer/artist Mike Meiré. Receiving its Japanese premier in Aoyama, the “Stool 60 Turns Art” series has previously been on exhibit in Milan and Berlin.

Realized in collaboration with Sempre, “ARTEK FOREVER – Design for Life” is a satellite event of Tokyo Designers Week, Designtide Tokyo and Elle Decor Design Walk.

The “Artek – Furniture Loved for a Long Time” sales exhibition in the Isetan department store in Shinjuku is part of the Isetan design week’s theme, “Voice of Material”. The concept of the new collection is designed by Mike Meiré. It includes six fresh colour variations of Stool 60, with each stool in three or four different colours. The new collections will be available exclusively only in Isetan until the end of December and will be available in other markets starting January 2013

The Artek sales exhibition in Isetan also includes Aalto’s classic lamps A110 and A330S in colours designed by Meiré, as well as the anniversary edition of Stool 60 with colours borrowed directly from Aalto’s Paimio Sanatorium (1928–1933): the yellow of the floors, the green of the walls, and the orange, white and black of the furniture.

ISETAN DESIGN WEEK Voice of Material is a satellite event of Designtide Tokyo. 

Stool 60

The 1930s marked a breakthrough for Alvar Aalto both as an architect and a designer. Stool 60 was first introduced to the international public at the Wood Only exhibition in London in November 1933, to rave reviews. The simple, stackable and durable wooden stool represented a new approach to furniture design, and a continuation of the brand of modernism initiated by Bauhaus. The use of wood instead of bent steel was revolutionary at the time. Aalto spent years developing the L-shaped leg at the Korhonen furniture factory. The development of Stool 60 alone took several years. Aalto kept testing different technical solutions together with the experts of the factory. The result of their collaboration is a durable and modern technical solution that later on led to the creation of many other classic designs.

In 1935, just a few days before the founding of Artek, the Municipal Library in Vyborg was opened where Stool 60 was for the first time used in a public building. Stool 60 represents a crystallization of the values of Artek concerning the importance of technology, art and ethics.


27 October – 1 November 2012
Light Box Studio Aoyama, 5-16-7 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open: 11 am – 8 pm


24 October – 6 November 2012
Isetan Shinjuku Main Building 5F, 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Open: 10 am – 8 pm

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