"Make new friends, but keep the old," as the saying goes. Artek is proud to be upholding this adage with its lineup of releases for 2015, first revealed at this year's Stockholm Furniture Fair. Designs by our founder, Alvar Aalto, are re-introduced alongside Kaari, a brand new collaboration with the celebrated Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
When Artek was founded in 1935, we set out to "promote a modern culture of living," and that means staying on the forefront of design technology and seeking out the most innovative designers. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have tirelessly invigorated their craft through experimental exercises, product and furniture design, and architecture. This commitment to creativity combined with Artek's focus on functionality led to the creation of Kaari, a system that is both practical and unique.
Reinventing the table is no small task; while the chair has been significantly altered throughout history according to new tastes and typologies, the table has remained largely the same. Kaari, Finnish for "arch", represents the discovery not just of an original table leg, but an entirely new form that can support a wide variety of surfaces. The Bouroullec's use of wood and steel banding aligns Kaari with Artek tradition, and our heritage is further celebrated in 2015 with the reintroduction of four Aalto designs from our archives.
Aalto's line of "domestic helpers" includes the Coat Rack (1936), Wall Drawer (1947), and two editions of a birch framed Mirror (1939). These designs reflect the epitome of Artek's values in their wide-ranging usefulness and clarity of design.
What do you think of these designs, new and old? Have a favorite?