A universal wooden chair, Atelier Chair was designed for the new restaurant of the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, which evokes an artist’s atelier. Commissioned by the museum as part of an initiative to foster contemporary Nordic design, Atelier Chair is compact, lightweight and stackable. Its slender proportions and geometric lines create an arresting aesthetic. Simple and direct, the chair possesses elegant details, such as the connecting bars which hug the front legs. The comfortable and versatile chair is equally at home at a desk, a dining table, a meeting room, a restaurant or in an auditorium. Atelier Chair is designed by Stockholm-based studio TAF Studio.
- TAF Studio, 2018
- Solid wood frame and backrest
- Beech plywood seat with beech, ash or oak top veneer, matt clear lacquer or pigmented lacquer
- Height: 78 cm / 30 3/4 Inch
- Seat Height: 45.5 cm / 18 Inch
- Width: 46 cm / 18 Inch
- Depth: 47 cm / 18 1/2 Inch
Artek was founded in 1935 by Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The business idea of the company was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other educational means.” That was the beginning of Artek.
The Artek collection comprises design furniture and lighting fixtures by the Nordic masters Alvar Aalto, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Tapio Wirkkala and Eero Aarnio. The latest addition to the portfolio consists of products by Yrjö Kukkapuro. The masterpiece of Kukkapuro, the Karuselli chair, will be
re-launched on the market in the beginning of the year 2014. In addition to classics, Artek is also launching new generation design products under the Artek Studio brand. Alvar Aalto’s furniture represents an interpretation of Scandinavian modernism articulated primarily in Finnish birch wood. Wood and functionality are both hallmarks of the Artek collection. The Artek portfolio represents the most comprehensive collection of wooden design furniture in the world.
Artek has international sales offices in New York, Berlin, Stockholm and Tokyo. The domestic market accounts for 60% of the company’s turnover, with Artek holding a solid position in the Finnish consumer and contract market. Vitra’s design classics have for a number of years been an important part of Artek’s collection for the Finnish market. Artek operates four stores in Finland, as well as a wide retail network.