Kori Collection: a skilful interplay of direct and indirect light

Kori Collection: a skilful interplay of direct and indirect light

Kori Table Light_on

Artek lights are designed with an essential principle in mind – the creation of atmosphere. An interplay of direct and indirect light brings the effects of natural light inside, boosting well-being. This understanding of light’s role in architecture is visible in the iconic luminaires created by Aino and Alvar Aalto from the 1930s to the 1950s. It also inspired Kori Collection, the brand new addition to Artek’s range, designed by TAF Studio.

Combining intelligent modular design with pared-back aesthetics, Kori achieves a contemporary take on the modernist union of form and function. At the core of this design logic is its central “basket” (kori in Finnish). This unique element is key to Kori’s distinct blend of direct and indirect light, evocative of sunlight filtered through tree leaves.

Kori Pendant Light with Disc Shade

Designers Gabriella Lenke and Mattias Ståhlbom of TAF Studio say about the collection:

"With Kori, we wanted to achieve an atmospheric and glare-free light with different models adjusted to different spaces and contexts. The diffuser around the light source became very central, and through lots of experiments with shades and reflecting parts the different characters in the family appeared. Colour wise, we were inspired by the way light hits the matt white texture of an egg, and the thinness of an eggshell. Kori comes in extra matt white and a colour that reminds us of egg yolk."

In collaboration with Artek, TAF Studio have designed a timeless lighting collection that can create a diverse array of both light and atmospheres. The essence of Kori is captured in the honesty of its form. This holds the quality of everyday beauty – a key aspect of the Aaltos’ legacy – and reimagines it for a contemporary audience.

Kori Floor Light Orange Hanna-Katariina Mononen
Kori Collection

The Kori Collection, designed by Stockholm-based TAF Studio, offers a skilful interplay of direct and indirect light. In Finnish, Kori means “basket”, and speaks of the intelligent core element designed to create a warm, generous atmosphere through soft and diffuse light, ensuring its suitability for a wide variety of applications.