At this year’s Imm Cologne – 19-25 January 2015 – Artek was present at this fair. Artek presented its collection on the theme of Black & White. Next to Konstantin Grcic’s Rival Chair, Ilmari Tapiovaara’s Domus chair was revealed in different revived iterations.
Imm Cologne – Fair view
Artek was founded in 1935 by four idealistic designers: Alvar Aalto & Aino, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. Their target is “to sell furniture while promoting modern living culture through exhibitions and other educational means.”
Imm Cologne – Fair view – Domus Chair
Pendant Lamp by Tapio Wirkkala
Artek’s collection includes furniture, lighting and accessories by the Nordic masters Alvar Aalto, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Tapio Wirkkala, Eero Aarnio and Yrjö Kukkapuro. Artek also works with international architects, designers and artists such as Shigeru Ban, Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius, Harri Koskinen, Enzo Mari and Tobias Rehberger. All the collection is based on the original idea of standards and systems. This gives a personality to furniture. This furniture for its creators can be found in various types of spaces: public spaces, private homes, museums, schools, restaurants, hotels and offices. Today Artek is renowned as being one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, creating new paths at the intersection of design, architecture and art.
Here is a video revealing Artek’s universe.