Ben af Schultén: a central part of Artek history


Ben af Schultén (born 1939) had a long and distinguished career as Design Director at Artek, during which he designed a wide range of furniture and lighting pieces. First joining the company as a design student, af Schultén was appointed Interior Architect at the Artek Drawing Studio in 1964.

His work at the studio focused on product development, with an emphasis on utilising the Aalto archive and creating new products to complement the collection. After becoming Artek’s Design Director in 1976, af Schultén took on responsibilities beyond furniture design.

Nonetheless, over the next 38 years until his retirement in 2004, he created furniture that left a lasting legacy.