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Artek at Milan Design Week 2016

Artek presents three projects at Milan Design Week 2016: a multi-layered installation at the Salone del Mobile and two projects in the city centre of Milan, both collaborations revolving around the topic of everyday design culture.

Artek at the Salone del Mobile
Artek’s booth at the Salone del Mobile, designed by architectural practice Kuehn Malvezzi, invites visitors to discover Alvar Aalto’s wood-bending experiments. Imbedded into an exploration of wood-bending techniques, three product themes are presented: Alvar Aalto’s iconic bentwood furniture; the Kaari Collection by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, including new additions to the range; and Ilmari Tapiovaara’s Kiki Collection, upholstered in a brand new fabric.

In the late 1920s, Alvar Aalto began to experiment with bending wood and eventually devised several innovative techniques. With the invention of the L-shaped leg, which Aalto referred to as “the little sister of the architectural column”, he developed a highly versatile system of standard components that enabled the creation of more than 50 different products, from stools, chairs, benches and tables to storage furniture. In Milan, Aalto’s timeless chairs, stools and tables based on the L-leg are shown in a variety of surface treatments and colours, demonstrating how versatile and contemporary these classics are today.

The Kaari Collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is being extended, and the new products will debut at the Salone del Mobile. The two new compact table sizes as well as a smaller version of the wall shelf with integrated desk are suitable even for the smallest of living spaces. An elegant wall hook, which works as a solitary sculptural unit as well as in multiplication, offers a simple way to organise your home.

Finnish master Ilmari Tapiovaara’s minimalist yet elegant Kiki Collection was designed in 1960 and awarded with a gold medal at the Milan Triennale in the same year. Thanks to its simple and compact geometry, Kiki lends itself to be upholstered in nearly any choice of material and colour. At the Salone del Mobile, Artek premiers Kiki upholstered in Reflex, the latest collaboration between Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons and the Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat.

Artek at the Salone del Mobile
12 – 17 April 2016
Pavilion 20, Stand D02/C01
Opening hours: 9.30 am – 6.30 pm

Artek collaborates with Simon Hasan for Wallpaper* Handmade
Artek was invited to participate in this year’s Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition and was teamed up with British designer Simon Hasan to develop a project on the theme of “travel and hotel". Simon Hasan’s experimental approach to working with leather encountered Artek’s traditional wood-bending techniques. The result of this fruitful collaboration is “Primary Objects”, an alphabet of small, geometrically shaped containers to organise everyday life at a hotel or at your own home. The “Primary Objects” were made at Artek’s a-factory in Turku, Finland.

Simon Hasan works in the territory between ancient craft processes and industrial design. His approach can best be described as a type of Design Archaeology: a combination of historical research and hands-on material experimentation. Avoiding a particular aesthetic style, Hasan’s distinctive work often layers materials, processes and textures to create long-lasting objects with a story to tell.

"Primary Objects" will be unveiled at Wallpaper* Handmade, 12 – 16 April 2016.

Wallpaper* Handmade
The Arcade
Via San Gregorio 45
20124 Milan, Italy

Opening hours:
Tuesday, 12 April: noon – 4 pm
Wednesday, 13 to Saturday 16 April 10 am – 7 pm

Press preview: Tuesday, 12 April 10 am – noon
Launch event: Tuesday, 12 April 7.30 pm onwards

Further Information:
Lucy Clemence Nicholas, Wallpaper*

Artek at the Marimekko Home
Artek supports Finnish design house Marimekko in the creation of the Marimekko Home at the heart of Brera. Located in an apartment on Via Palermo, the Marimekko Home invites the guests of Milan Design Week to discover a Nordic interpretation of everyday life, celebrating the functional and democratic Finnish design philosophy. The furniture of the home is provided by Artek.

Marimekko Home
Via Palermo 8, 1st floor
20121 Milan
12 – 17 April 2016

Opening hours:

Tuesday, 12 April 10 am – 9 pm
Wednesday, 13 April 10 am – 5.30 pm
Thursday, 14 April 10 am – 9 pm
Friday, 15 April 10 am – 12 pm
Saturday, 16 April 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday, 17 April 10 am – 6 pm

Further Information:
Sanna-Kaisa Niikko, Marimekko

Artek – Art & Technology since 1935

Artek was founded in 1935 in Helsinki by the young idealists Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl “to sell furniture and promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means”.

Today, the Artek collection of furniture, lighting, and accessories designed by Finnish masters and leading international designers comprises objects that are extraordinary in their clarity, functionality, and poetic simplicity.

In the radical spirit of its founders, Artek remains one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, breaking new ground at the intersection of design, architecture, and art.

Press releases:
Artek in Milan Design Week 2016 

Artek shines new light on Alvar Aalto’s wood-bending techniques

Artek presents the Kiki Collection in a newupholstery range

Artek presents the multi-purpose Domus Chair

Artek presents new additions to the Kaari Collection by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec 

Further information:

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