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Alvar Aalto

80 Years of Aalto’s Stool 60

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60, produced by Artek, the company founded by Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The design of the stool itself, with the use of wood instead of bent steel was revolutionary back in the 30s. It is of course durable – with…

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Cafe Aalto, Helsinki

During my visit to the World Design Capital 2012 in Helsinki I also had the opportunity to stop by Cafe Aalto, designed by the famous architect, located inside the Akateeminen Kirjakauppa (Academic Bookstore) building called the Kirjatalo (Book House), which was also designed by Aalto. The interesting thing about the cafe itself is really the…

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Artek’s 2nd Cycle: Giving Furniture Another Life

As I continue to sift through all of the wonderful things I missed this year at the London Design Festival, I found out about this 2nd Cycle project by Artek. Apparently a few years ago, Artek began collecting old Artek furniture from schools, flea markets, retirement homes and more and gave these chairs a second…