“Having heroes is important, and I am pleased and honoured to finally work with one of my biggest heroes – Artek of Finland. The world of fashion can sometimes seem a little too hasty and superficial, but then I seek the tranquil waters of the quintessence of Scandinavian design in its Finnish variation – the work of Alvar Aalto – and then it all makes sense again.”
- Mads Nørgaard on Artek and Alvar Aalto
Artek is celebrating the 80th birthday of the legendary Stool 60
The stool, or in Danish ‘taburet’, is known in Denmark from the many kindergartens, schools and homes where it was an integrated part of the environment for many years.
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. Stool 60 represents a crystallization of the values of Artek concerning the importance of technology, art and ethics.
In Copenhagen, Stool 60 is celebrated with an exhibition at the shop NØRGAARD on Strøget displaying special projects and a collection of new products from Artek. “I like stripes vol. 2 & 3” consist two stools designed by Mads Nørgaard. Vol. 2 design is a stool made of birch with a black printed pattern. Vol. 3 is the series of Artek 2nd Cycle stools upholstered with the classic black/white fabric for the legendary t-shirt 101, designed by Jørgen Nørgaard in the 1970s - still made in Denmark. The exhibition will be displayed in the main windows of the NØRGAARD shop and in the new space, dedicated to Mads Nørgaard-Girl collection, opened on November 1st.
Artek 2nd Cycle is a physical manifestation of Artek’s values of sustainability. It is a concept that includes second-hand and vintage pieces of Alvar Aalto and Ilmari Tapiovaara. For the past five years Artek has collected old products from public institutions, schools, universities and even flea markets. Artek gives these products a new fresh context and a new lease on life, demonstrating that these pieces have new stories to tell and their usability is far from over.