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Good design makes our everyday functional and aesthetically pleasing. With a focus on timeless design, authenticity, and craftsmanship, Artek lasts a lifetime. Introducing Artek Living, a series profiling the individuals who interact with Artek in their everyday life - in the home, work space, or anywhere at all. 



Who I Am.

Emiliano Casarosa
Hair stylist, artist, and home renovator.
Owner of LaCasaPark.

What I Do.

Mainly I'm a hairstylist. I run my studio here [in Brooklyn], and have private clients that I see daily by appointment. But my background is completely different. I studied fashion and painting. I was an art dealer, and I ended up in my current career by some kind of default. Now I'm also returning to my sculpting and painting. I like to do everything. It's a creative process.


Where I Live. 

I have very deep interest in architecture, design, and interiors. So, in addition to my apartment in Brooklyn, I started to buy homes in upstate New York - I renovate them and turn them into rental places. They are based in a designed environment. I can enjoy them on the weekends, and people can also enjoy the design, the objects, plus they can buy everything in there.

My Artek.

For me, Artek is fun. That's the first word that comes to me. It is iconic. There is somehow new technology implemented into the design. Those little things embrace my personality. That's what I love about it. I can place their objects anywhere I want because that's how I live my life. It doesn't matter if there's a very formal corner of my house - I'm just going to put a yellow still there and it'll work.

Baby Rocket Stool in Oak Soaked by Eero Aarnio
Pirkka Chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara
Stool 60 in yellow by Alvar Aalto
A110 Pendant Lights  by Alvar Aalto

Stay tuned as we explore more stories of Artek Living at the blog. Share your own photos of Artek in the home with #ArtekLiving on social media.

Good design makes our everyday functional and aesthetically pleasing.  With a focus on timeless design, authenticity, and craftsmanship, Artek lasts a lifetime. Introducing Artek Living, a series profiling the individuals who interact with Artek in their everyday life - in the home, work space, or anywhere at all.  

Who We Are.

Kit and Philipp von Dalwig
Partners, MANIFOLD Architecture Studio

What We Do.

Our New York based office, MANIFOLD, maintains an interactive dialogue between architect, client and collaborators to ensure well thought out design solutions.  Our approach is to pursue design via a combination of program, behaviors, and space - utilizing calculated yet seemingly minimal interventions.  The body of work includes a range of private residential projects in Brooklyn and Manhattan as well as commercial projects, installations/exhibitions and competitions.

Where We Live. 

Our home, an apartment in Brooklyn, is an exercise between old and new - removing and inserting volumes within an existing brick structure.  It's a series of progressions through thresholds and openings - with a play on finishes between the ordinary and the beautiful.

Our Artek.

Artek pieces and Artek design is timeless yet quirky.  It's "designed" yet utilitarian, functional, and versatile.  We would like to think our design sensibilities are similar.

A110 Lamp in black by Alvar Aalto
A338 Lamp in White by Alvar Aalto
Baby Rocket Stool by Eero Aarnio
Stool 60 and Stool E60 by Alvar Aalto
10-Unit System by Shigeru Ban (Prototype)

Stay tuned as we explore four more stories of Artek Living at the blog.  Share your own photos of Artek in the home with #ArtekLiving on social media.

Chilean architect Smiljan Radić recently unveiled his design for the 14th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion at Kensington Gardens in London.

Designed to be a flexible, multi-use space for social events, the Pavilion's unique curves are mirrored by the inclusion of a range of Alvar Aalto furniture by Artek.

The semi-translucent, cylindrical structure resembles a shell and rests on large stones.  Radić cites eighteenth-century follies where ornamental pavilions were popular in wealthy European Gardens as inspiration.

"This [pavilion] comes from a small model that I made with masking tape," Radić said in speaking with Dezeen.  Working with fiberglass in a unique way, Radić prefers the hand-made quality and unfinished texture of the material.  With a sparse, gestural interior, Aalto's furniture is at home in this space.

Visitors are encouraged to interact with the structure and admire the Chilean architect's unique design while resting on Aalto's furniture.  On select Friday nights, the Pavilion will host site-specific events with art, poetry, music, film, literature, and theory - events Aalto would have surely championed.

"At night," Radić says in his architect's statement, "the semi-transparency of the shell, together with a soft amber-tinted light, draws the attention of passers-by like lamps attracting moths."

Visit the Serpentine Galleries in Kensington Gardens through October 19, 2014.  More info here.