United by Design: Vitra Welcomes Artek to the Family

In early September, Swiss furniture maker and design company Vitra acquired Artek, a Finnish design company. Artek was founded in 1935 by architect Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino, art promoter Maire Gullichsen, and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl.

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It is the 80th anniversary of Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60—the top seller in the Artek collection. Photo courtesy of Vitra.

To help welcome Artek as a new member of the Vitra family and to celebrate Nordic design, the company held an event last Thursday, November 7, in its showroom in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. I attended along with associate editor Cody Calamaio.

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Josef Kaiser, Managing Director for Vitra, welcomed attendees. Photo by Federica Carlet.

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Mirkku Kullberg, Artek’s CEO, shared her aspirations for the new partnership. Photo by Federica Carlet.

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Lee Mindel, principal of Shelton, Mindel & Associates in New York, presented images of his travels through Scandinavia. Photo by Federica Carlet.

 

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