Artek was founded in 1935 in Helsinki by the young idealists Aino and Alvar Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl to “sell furniture and promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means.”
Combining modern production methods with expert handcraftsmanship, Artek furniture is manufactured in keeping with the original vision of Alvar Aalto.
Regional sourcing, sustainability, and safety are pursued without compromise, both by Artek and its partners, ensuring ethical manufacture and design of the highest quality.
Each tree harvested to build Artek furniture is 50 to 80 years old, and if a tree takes a lifetime to grow, the furniture made from it should last at least as long. In Finland, classic Artek designs are inherited by one generation from another, and more recent additions to the collection aim to achieve the same lasting legacy.
The majority of Artek products are made at the factory in Turku, Finland, the city where Aalto furniture has been manufactured since the 1920s.
The factory is a semi-industrial operation. Specialized in bending solid birch, lamella, plywood, and veneer, as well as traditional carpentry and lacquer finishing, carpenters at the factory handle each and every piece of Artek furniture by hand.