Inspiration

Everyday Beauty: A Space for Something New

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Our most unique ability is to imagine, the ability to dream. Artek was born from this talent. When Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl founded Artek in 1935, they nurtured a dream of a better world. They believed that different arts – design, visual arts and architecture – must interact and that this dialogue will generate new ideas. Art displays our ability to imagine at its purest. Each work of art is a gate – to your imagination. This is how art makes life more meaningful and beautiful.

Artek believes in beauty. We believe in a harmonious world of materials, patterns and purpose. The purpose of the stories on this page is to pay homage to Artek’s basic idea and to offer a meeting point for design and modern art. Here’s to many dreamlike moments!

Iisa Maaranen: The light seeps through

Iisa Maaranen: The light seeps through

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“Light always plays a major role in my paintings. It kind of seeps through. It highlights the subject and is a great tool for telling about the experience. Light is able to present moods. It can also work on a...

Man Yau:  I think in colours

Man Yau: I think in colours

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”I’ve always created art through colours. All my sketches are in colour, too. I can’t think without them. Or rather, I think in colours.”

Paavo Halonen: I don’t want to produce unnecessary objects into the world

Paavo Halonen: I don’t want to produce unnecessary objects into the world

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“I often use shapes and items as such and enjoy what I find in the nature. I like things that feel pleasant and soft. I modify them, but not ad infinitum. The best work is something you will want to approach and...

Jenni Tuominen: I like forms that look a bit lumpy

Jenni Tuominen: I like forms that look a bit lumpy

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“Having fun is important no matter what you do. Nobody wants to go through life knit-browed. It’s lovely that I have been able to channel good spirits into a ‘lump’ that can make others happy, too.”

Matti Söderkultalahti: Wood has a will of its own

Matti Söderkultalahti: Wood has a will of its own

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”Ei ole olemassa kahta samanlaista puuta, jokainen on oma yksilönsä. Mitä nopeammin puu  on kasvanut, sitä kovempi tahto sillä on elää ja muotoutua. Sitä vaikeampi sitä on käsitellä, se lähtee...

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