The Bouroullec brothers have just launched the Kaari collection (“arch” in Finnish) a couple of weeks ago at Stockholm Furniture Fair. Made up of rectangular and round tables in two sizes, as well as a desk, a wall console, a small round shelf and an assortment of large wall-mounted shelves, we are in love.
We continued our exploration around the combination of materials and created Kaari, a novel construction system resulting of a hybridization of solid wood and steel bands.
Both wood and steel banding are traditional materials and a fundamental part of the Artek heritage – however, they have never before been combined in this way.
“The principle is extremely simple: the vertical load is supported by a wooden part and a bent steel band embraces the contours of this solid wooden piece. The steel band draws a kind of wing bracket-angle that supports the ensemble and creates a linear and rhythmic silhouette.”
The system, originally conceived for table legs, is declined to construct wall-mounted tables and shelves and can support a wide variety of different tops: small and large, round and rectangular,low and high.
Soon it became evident that the same system could also be used to construct wall-mounted objects such as single shelves on brackets and entire shelf units.
Artek was founded in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The business strategy of the company was
to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means.
The founders of Artek advocated a new kind of environment for everyday life. They believed in a grand synthesis of the arts and wanted to make a difference in architecture and design as well as in town planning.
Today Artek, which celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2015, is renowned as being one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, creating new paths at the intersection of design, architecture and art. The Artek collection comprises furniture, lighting and accessories by the Nordic masters Alvar Aalto, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Tapio Wirkkala, Eero Aarnio and Yrjö Kukkapuro. Artek also works with leading international architects, designers and artists, such as Shigeru Ban, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius, Harri Koskinen, Enzo Mari and Tobias Rehberger.