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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 We Are.

Phillip Bond (left)
Senior Librarian - Info Commons at the Brooklyn Public Library 

Bob Hayes (right)
Assistant Librarian - Info Commons at the Brooklyn Public Library. 

What We Do.

 

Info commons opened in the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library and about year and a half ago. It provides work stations and computers, conference rooms, and a 36-seat training lab for classes. Above all, it is a central place to gather, get and exchange information, and connect. 

Phillip and Bob are librarians at Info Commons, answering reference questions, providing tech support, and much more. Bob retired but came back two weeks later to work at this new center. Phillip worked in other branches for 8 years before coming here. He also works on genealogy outreach and curates exhibits. "We're like a family here, working together to help people. You're not alone - you've got backup," said Bob.

The Artek of BPL Info Commons

I selected Artek furniture- Aalto tables and chairs in particuliar - for two reasons. The new Information Commons, although centered around the use of digital technology, still needs to retain the atmosphere of a library, and Aalto's pieces can help promote that by giving it an intimate scale and humane dimension through materials and detail. Also, Brooklyn Public Library's Central Library started it's design process in 1935, which is concurrent with the year Artek was founded, thus sharing a parallel history of design. Central Library's transitional design includes abstracted curvatures and the use of wood which exude warmth and timeless quality that is held in common with Artek's furniture." - Toshiko Mori

Chair 65 by Alvar Aalto
Chair 66 by Alvar Aalto
Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto

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. 



We were so touched at how our friend Anu of Nalle's House made Artek a part of the intimate summer dinner she held for her family. We love the way the pink hydrangeas compliment the vibrant blue pattern of the Meadow Flower linens and tray. Her thoughtful details, beautiful table setting, and what we're sure is delicious cooking made this evening one for her family to remember and such a gift to share with us. 

A close-up on the Artek Meadow Flower tray as an understated and beautiful centerpiece.

A peak down the length of the perfectly set table. Anu's mother hand-made the tablecloth, and we love her gorgeous mix of new and heirloom linens.

The brass wire napkin rings were made for the occasion, though you'd never guess with how delicately they pair alongside the Meadow Flower pattern.

It almost looks too pretty to eat...almost!

Anu themed her blueberry cupcakes to the evening's colors, making dessert extra special.

Such simple, yet stunning detail. 

 

Thank you Anu, for having Artek be a part of this special evening! 

Explore more of Nalle's House and the abc Collection

 

September 17
Artek at Nalle's House

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.

Beth Dickstein, founder and president of bde.
Visit bde on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

What I Do.

I run a PR and marketing firm that represents some of the best in design - Artek (Full disclosure!), FLOS, Alessi, MissoniHome, and more. I am a love of great design and I am always curious...what's next? What's real? That's why we are also involved in Be Original Americas.

Where I Live.

In an apartment in New York City - it's modern but not at all cold. I own a few highly functional, classic pieces, which are complemented by a collection of favorite objects from my travels, as well as curated objects from the design community.

My Artek.

Table 83 by Alvar Aalto
Chair 66 by Alvar Aalto
Stool 60 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.