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.
Designer Ville Kokkonen, born in 1975 in Helsinki, studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and at the University of Art and Design in Helskini. From 2001 to 2004, he was employed as a researcher in the Smart Products Research Group at the University of Art and Design, and has lectured at numerous international seminars and universities.
Kokkonen began his career at Artek in 2006 as Research and Development Manager, and in 2009 he was appointed design director of the company. Kokkonen has initiated and conducted several international collaborative projects, such as the Artek Pavillion 2007 together with the architect Shigeru Ban.
In 2010, Kokkonen designed the WHITE collection for Artek. The White line was launched at the Milan International Furniture Fair and Lighting Exhibition 2011.