Bent steel & wood to support the Bouroullecs' collection for Artek
Artek is a design company with quite a history, founded by the icons of modern Finnish design in 1935. Now, a good 70 years later, icons of our present day, Ronnan and Erwan Bouroullec were tasked to create a new line for the design house, a series of furniture that takes inspiration from Artek’s rich heritage, but it does so without any overt references. In order to create something decidedly new, the Bouroullecs went for a modern form and an unexpected combination of materials to create a unique support system.
The main principle of the Kaari collection is that the vertical load is supported by a bent steel banding structure. While both wood and steel are traditionally used for such purposes, this is the first time ever they have been combined this way. The solution allows for a surprisingly airy-looking construct that is extremely stable and sturdy at the same time. The novel combination of materials continues on the surface tops as well: linoleum and glossy HPL were used, that behave in a unique way due to their light absorbing and reflecting properties, while they also got a certain patina during the course of time, leading to a singular, one-off, beautiful finish.
With the clever choice of materials and techniques, the Bouroullecs managed to infuse a novel approach to Artek’s line, while shape-wise the collection takes a subtle reference to Alvar Aalto’s 1933 L-shaped leg, present in a number of furnishings. The Kaari series feature tables, desks, shelves, and consoles, that are on display at IMM Cologne right now.
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