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Artek - Art and Technology

March 15th, 2019

Category: WB Jamieson

Author: Darren Seymour

Art and Technology - ARTEK

In Helsinki in 1935, four young people; a designer, an architect, an artist, and an art historian (who went on to become the first managing director): Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl, joined to form Artek, a brand with the simple and clear goal to "sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means". 

Artek domus chairs stacked - WB Jamieson

Today, Artek remains an innovator in the world of modern design, constantly developing new products that blur the lines between design, art and architecture. 

Artek - Aalto stool stacked from WB Jamieson

Consisting of a range of furniture, lighting and accessories designed by Finish masters and artisans and in collaboration with international designers. Artek stands for clarity, functionality and simplicity.

Detail of the Artek Aalto stool - WB Jamieson

Artek is the combination of both Art and Technology, two concepts that were central to the Modernist movement of the 1920's. Walter Gropius coined the motto 'art and technology - a new unity'. Technology was understood to encompass science and industry and manufacture, whilst the idea of art extended further than traditional fine art and incorporated architecture and design.

Artek - Art + Technology
Modernism was the movement that aimed to achieve a union of these two contrasting fields. A movement that guided the founders of Artek in the naming of the company.

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