Designed by Paris-based brothers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, the Kaari Desk has a light, fluid outline that could have been drawn with a single stroke of the pen. Twin oak pillars are supported by the simple yet elegant steel band that characterises the Kaari collection – “Kaari” means “arch” in Finnish. Strikingly contemporary, this desk provides the ideal place to work and is suitable for both private and public spheres.
- Legs: Solid oak
- Braces: Flat rolled steel
- Top core: MDF
- Top edge-band: ABS
- Width: 150 cm / 59 inch
- Depth: 65 cm / 25 1/2 inch
- Height: 75 cm / 29 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, and Eero Aarnio. 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.
Artek Kaari Desk Designed by:
- Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec , 2015
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
Ronan - France, 1971 / Erwan - France, 1976
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s working collaboration is a permanent dialogue nourished by their distinct personalities and a shared notion of diligence with the intention to reach more balance and fineness.
In 1997, they presented their Disintegrated Kitchen at the Salon du Meuble in Paris and were spotted by Giulio Cappellini, who gave them their first industrial design projects, notably the Lit clos (“Closed Bed”) and the Spring Chair. A meeting with Vitra’s Rolf Fehlbaum resulted in their conception of a new kind of office system, Joyn, in 2002. This was the beginning of a special partnership that has borne fruit in numerous projects, including Algues, the Alcove Sofa, the Worknest, the Slow Chair, the Vegetal and L’Oiseau. Since 2004, the Bouroullecs have also been working with Magis, for whom they have designed two complete furniture collections, Striped and Steelwood as well as additional projects such as the Pila chair, the Pilo table, the Central and Tambour tables.
Today Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec design for numerous manufacturers, Vitra, Kvadrat, Magis, Kartell, Alessi, Mattiazzi, Flos, and more recently, Iittala.