Aalto in Paris

Artek & The Conran Shop - a revived partnership

Artek classics and contemporary designs are now available at The Conran Shop

While Alvar Aalto’s architecture and designs can be found all over the world, this spring the Finnish master’s presence is particularly strong in Paris. In 2018, Aalto would have turned 120 years old. On this occasion, The Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine hosts a retrospective of his work. Across the Seine, at the heart of the 7th Arrondissement, Artek and The Conran Shop have revived their partnership showcasing classic and contemporary products, amongst them Aalto’s most enduring and beloved designs.

Aalto's iconic Stool 60 and Pendant Light A330S "Golden Bell" invite the passers-by to come in
Stools 60 stacked to create a distinctive spiral

The retrospective, entitled “Alvar Aalto: Architect & Designer,” explores how Aalto’s affinity for organic form was mediated through a close dialogue with other artists. Architectural models, original drawings and works by acclaimed artists such as Alexander Calder are on show at the museum until July 2018. The organic forms the exhibition investigates are very much on view in Paris. The Conran Shop window features an installation of Aalto’s iconic Stool 60. 200 stools, presented in sculptural formation, are illuminated by hanging A330S “Golden Bell” pendant lights.

Showcasing Aalto's organic lines

In store, the revived partnership between the two like-minded brands continues. Alongside other Aalto favourites such as his Armchair 400, are 124 ° Mirrors created for Artek by Daniel Rybakken, Kaari Shelves by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, not to mention the Karuselli Lounge Chair by Yrjö Kukkapuro, an Artek icon and the chair Sir Terence Conran once declared, “the most comfortable chair in the world.” With products available for purchase, visitors can acquire a piece of design history, a contemporary item, or an Artek souvenir.

Photos: Alexandra de Cossette

Previously at Artek