Artek Today




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Alvar Aalto’s furniture was introduced to the UK through an exhibition at Fortnum & Mason in 1933. Reflecting on the success of the exhibition, Skandium now presents ARTEK TODAY, an exhibition at our Marylebone store, inspiring contemporary living with these classic pieces.

The British market is very special for Artek. The iconic Stool 60, now celebrating it’s 80th anniversary, was first introduced to an international public at the exhibition ‘Wood Only’ at Fortnum & Mason in 1933. The exhibition served as a springboard for the international success of Alvar Aalto’s furniture. The company Artek was founded (1935, meaning Art and Design) by four young idealists, Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. Artek is one of the internationally most well known design companies in the world, with a strategy that combines sustainable design values within a space in a multi-disciplinary field, embracing architecture, art and design. Artek’s aim is to create an ever broader concept for its collections in which the products by Alvar and Aino Aalto are now complemented by the furniture of Ilmari Tapiovaara.

Artek furniture is still well loved by the British market and it is with no small excitement that we welcome Artek to present ‘Artek Today’ in our Marylebone store during London Design Festival 2013.


Skandium is a British company founded in 1999 by three passionate Scandinavians: Christopher Seidenfaden, Christina Schmidt and Magnus Englund. Opening its doors on the 15th September 1999 at 72 Wigmore Street, London, Skandium has since grown to be one of the leading retailers of Scandinavian design in the world, offering a highly edited selection of design pieces, homeware and gifts and is the go-to place for discovering the latest Scandinavian talent. Skandium will now have three London flagship stores, a recently relaunched webshop, and operates the Republic of Fritz Hansen store in Fitzrovia.

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