Artek and Alvar Aalto


  • Mia Hipeli Alvar Aalto Museum




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Artek was founded in November 1935. The name of the company, Art + Technology, reflects its objectives and methods of operation. The intention was to offer to its wide range of customers, practical, economical, hygienic and above all Modern furniture that reflected its own time. The furniture was to represent the values of an urban and efficient lifestyle. In the company’s founding meeting on 26.11.1935, Maire Gullichsen and Alvar Aalto became the main shareholders. Other shareholders were: Nils–Gustaf Hahl, Artek’s first managing director; P.W. Puhakka, the managing director of Huonekalu- ja Rakennustyötehdas, the company that produced the furniture designed by Aalto; Aino Marsio–Aalto; architect Aili–Salli Ahde; professor Carl Hahl; and architect Arne Ervi.

How to Cite

Hipeli, M. (2012). Artek and Alvar Aalto. Docomomo Journal, (46), 36–41.




Author Biography

Mia Hipeli, Alvar Aalto Museum

(MA), art historian, graduated from the Helsinki University. She has worked at the Alvar Aalto Museum as curator and chief curator since 1991. Her main tasks has been organizing the drawing and document collections of Architectural office Alvar Aalto. She is in charge of the research activities at the Alvar Aalto Museum.


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Innovatiivinen Aalto. Alvar Aallon patentit, Innogalleria, Helsinki, 2003.

Suhonen, Pekka, Artek. Alku, tausta, kehitys, Artek, Espoo, 1985.

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Artek Collection, The Alvar Aalto Museum.