Artek, headquartered in Finland, is renowned as being one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, building on the heritage of Alvar Aalto. Functionality and timeless aesthetics are the essential elements in the creation of every product that bears the Artek name. Artek's comprehensive furniture system is based on the original idea of standards and systems, which has its origin from Alvar Aalto's L-system. The standard and system thinking makes the furniture range versatile and allows it to be customised for individual projects. Artek's furniture can be found in various types of spaces; from public spaces to homes, museums to schools and hotels to offices.
Tapio Wirkkala (1915 - 1985) was born in Hankoo, Finland. Wirkkala is a symbolic figure of Finnish Design, an artist of great diversity that left no material or area of design unexplored. He was one of the most distinguished artists to shape Scandinavian design and industrial art.
Tapio Wirkkala was a very productive and multitalented designer and sculptor. His work ranges from exceptional creations of art glass to industrial design in the form of beer bottles and bank notes. Wirkkala also designed jewellery, sculptures, and furniture.
Wirkkala was awarded in several prestigious competitions. He won three Grand Prix medals from the Milan Triennale in 1954 and a Grand Prix medal and a gold medal in the 1960 Milan Triennale.