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Artek | Mirrors | Daniel Rybakken

Artek was founded in 1935 by four young idealists – Alvar and Aino Aalto, Nils-Gustav Hahl and Maire Gullichsen published a design manifesto inspired by functionalism, stating that Artek’s aim was “to sell furniture and to promote modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other means”. Since its foundation, Artek has played in the intersection of design, architecture, and art, making Finnish design and Alvar Aalto's furniture known all over the world. Since 2013, Artek has been part of the Swiss furniture company Vitra.

Today, Artek's furniture and lighting, such as the Aalto stools, chairs and tables, form the cornerstone of Finnish design. The majority of Artek's furniture is still manufactured in Turku, Finland, where Artek has been manufacturing its products since the 1920s. The most essential material is Finnish wood, particularly birch and pine, which are processed with woodworking techniques developed by Alvar Aalto.

Alvar and Aino Aalto brought to modern furnishings their own style, which is warm, humane and inspired by Finnish nature. The use of natural materials and a human way of approaching, together with constant search of new technical solutions, have made Artek a company whose values are still modern today. Artek’s original values – long-term durability and high quality together with clean, functional forms – are still in the company’s core, and it hasn't lost the radical and innovative attitude of its founders. 

This brand has collaborated with: Eero Aarnio, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Aino Aalto, Tapio Wirkkala, Alvar Aalto, Ilmari Tapiovaara, TAF Studio, Pancho Nikander, Anna-Maija Jaatinen, Konstantin Grcic, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Hella Jongerius, Kustaa Saksi, Daniel Rybakken, TSTO , Jo Nagasaka, COMPANY, Julia, Karoliina Hellberg

Some popular Artek products: Artek stools, Artek lighting, Artek chairs, Artek tables


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Scandinavian mirrors bring light, functionality and atmosphere to your home

Mirrors are both functional much-needed items and decorative objects that add more space into the room. Well-designed mirrors are useful in almost every room. A mirror is a basic item in the bathroom and hallway, and a necessity on the dressing table and next to the wardrobe. Mirrors are also an excellent way to add more natural light to the room. For example, a large decorative mirror on the living room wall enhances natural light in the room while reflecting the colours and shapes of the surroundings in a harmonious way. Even a small mirror can act like a window to make the room livelier. You can also use several different mirrors to design a unique wall of mirrors – a few are enough to create a spectacular design!

Our collection includes high-quality Scandinavian mirrors to suit the minimalistic and grand styles alike. The shapes of our mirrors range from rectangular to square and round to oval, and sizes from compact hand mirrors to large full-length mirrors. The mirror frame can be made from for example wood, metal or rattan, or, if you like, you can choose a frameless mirror. Decorative mirrors can also have fascinating geometric shapes or a tinted surface. You can also take a look at our bathroom mirrors, wall mirrors and table mirrors!

Finnish Design Shop’s selection includes a comprehensive range of mirrors from top names in Scandinavian design, including Gubi, Menu, Skagerak and Klong. We have the mirror you are looking for, be it a large full-length mirror for the dressing room, a vanity mirror for the bathroom, a delicate make-up mirror for the dressing table or a spectacular decorative mirror for the living room wall. Take a look at our selection and find the perfect Scandinavian mirror for your home!

Some popular categories: Gubi mirrors, Gio Ponti mirrors