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Artek knows that you want to give gifts as unique as each and every person on your list. To jump start your holiday search, we've put together a gift guide for some of the loved ones you might be looking for. Take a look - you just might finish your Holiday shopping early this year!

 

The Foodie

They're the first reservation at every new restaurant in the neighborhood, and their pantry would mystify the average cook. Give them things to use and love in their favorite place, the kitchen!

 

1. Keep the chef festive in the red & white H55 pattern apron and oven mittens.

2. Keep exotic spices and secret ingredients on hand with the sleek & simple Purnukka Jars.

3. Prepare them for crafting their own tasting menu with the Teema Mini Serving Set.

 

The Little One

Son, daughter, niece, nephew or grandchild, they're the apple of your eye and so much fun to spoil. Give them a gift that will delight them now, and that they'll cherish as adults.

 

1. Kaj Franck's Toto Dolls are a playful nod to tradition. While not recommended for playtime, their clean, round lines and bright colors are sure to bring smiles to little faces as part of a nursery display. 

2. Inspire a love of great design early with the Eames Elephant. Play might start to look like art.

3. Big design for little people! Vitra completes Verner Panton's plan for child-sized design with the Panton Junior.

  

The City Dweller

They can navigate public transportation blindfolded, and have a thing for fire escapes. We think we might have the special something for your most cosmopolitan pal.

 

1. Brighten up their tiny apartment kitchen a Siena Gift Bundle in yellow. Little room, big style. 

2. City living means always being on-the-go. Help them tote their lives through the urban jungle with one of our Propaganda Bags.

3. The stackable Stool 60 is the ultimate in city living solutions: space-saving extra seating. Try one of the new editions by Hella Jongerius!

 

 

What do you think? See something that's perfect for a loved one?

If you give or receive an Artek gift this season, we'd love for you to share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

 

Looking for gifts for the Homemaker, Handyman, or Student in your life? Check out the Holiday Gift Guide Part I

 

 

 

The holiday season is the perfect time for making memories, so give loved ones something they'll cherish for years (even generations!) to come.

Artek is not only designed to last, but to inspire. Take a look at our carefully selected gifts for all the different kinds of people on your shopping list! 

 

The Homemaker

They host the holiday feast every year, and the table is always festively accented with hand-made napkin rings and fresh-cut flowers. Give this host or hostess a special centerpiece to feature at the holidays, or a new favorite for everyday use.

 

1. Nappula candle holders come in 3 sizes and 4 colors so you can design your own chic, understated arrangement for anywhere in the lucky recipient's home.

2. Add an icon to their table setting with the Alvar Aalto Collection serving platter. Combine with the Origo Serving Bowl for a simple, eye-catching centerpiece.

 3. Complete with dinner plates, salad plates, and mugs, the Taika dishes make stunning accent pieces for your host's holiday table.

  

The Handyman

They're the first one you call when hanging a picture or finally fixing that leaky faucet. They may not be a professional, but show appreciation for all their help this year with tools that make them feel like one.

 

1. A sleek aluminum architect's level to update their toolkit.

2. Aitio wall-mounted storage box and hooks to keep them organized in style. 

3. A folding rule in black-lacquered beech makes a cool and useful stocking stuffer.

 

The Student

Whether they're home from school for the holidays or the full-time academic in your house, these charming gifts suit their busy lifestyle.

 

1. A pretty Meadow Flower iPad Cover made from durable canvas cotton.

2. Meno Home bags have a million uses in a cluttered dorm room or office: fill them with books, art supplies, clothes, or whatever they might need for next semester.

3. Bring out their studious side and inspire big dreams with Drawn in Sand: Unrealized visions by Alvar Aalto. Sure beats another textbook!

 

 

Did you find the perfect gift for someone on your list? We hope so! Next week we'll bring you more gift suggestions for the foodie, city dweller, and little ones in your life. 

If you give or receive a special Artek gift, share with us below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

 

Cabinet Maker to Industry Leader

You don't have to search long for the evidence that Konstantin Grcic is a major force in the design world. Trained first as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School in Dorset, England, then studying at the Royal College of Art in London, Grcic ("grich-ich") today boasts an impressive list of merits. His Munich-based practice, Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID, 1991), has developed furniture, lighting, and products for most of the preeminent figures in modern design, including Artek, Vitra, Flos, ClassiCon, and Matiazzi, among many others.

Photo by Oliver Mark for Dwell

Konstantin Grcic defines function in human terms, combining formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humor. Each of his products is characterized by a careful research into the history of design and architecture and his passion for technology and materials.  

Grcic with the high-backed version of his "Rival" Chair for Artek.

Known for pared-down pieces, Grcic is often called a minimalist but the designer himself prefers to speak of simplicity.  

Gricic's studio-like solo exhibition at the Art institute of Chicago (Decisive Design, 2009).

In addition to his solo features, he has also been invited throughout his career to curate exhibits for institutions including the Serpentine Gallery in London (2009), the St. Etienne Biennnale (2010), and the Instituto Svizzero (Rome, 2010), and his work is included in the permanent collections of the MoMA (NYC) and Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris).

 

Grcic's straight-forward and durable Three Bag, for Maharam and available at Artek.

See more of Konstantin Grcic's designs for Artek here, and learn more about all of our designers here.