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Artek | Pendant lamps

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

18 products

18 products

Pendant lighting in modern Scandinavian style

A suspended pendant lamp is a strong visual element and eye-catcher in any space. Pendant lights are a great source of direct downward light, ideal for general lighting for example in the kitchen, kitchen island, dining area, living room or bedroom – in fact, hanging lights are perfectly suited for any space in need of a good general lighting and distinctive design. A large chandelier or multi-light pendant is sure to catch the attention even in a spacious room, and smaller pendant lamps can be mounted in groups to create unique clusters of light. A hanging light fixture can also be used as a window light or accent light that provides a soft, warm glow with no glare.

Finnish Design Shop has curated a versatile collection of Scandinavian pendant lights in a range of materials and colours. The materials range from glass to metal and plastic to wood, and the colours include classic white and black, bright tones, natural wood as well as shiny or matte metal. Pendant lights can have various adjustment possibilities, such as a suspension mechanism, dimmer, plug-in mounting, built-in LED unit or an adjustable lampshade, allowing you to modify the lamp according to your own needs. If you're looking for a non-hanging option for lighting up, for instance, the entrance or hallway, flush-mounted ceiling lights are great alternatives to pendant lights. And for outdoor options, check out our collection of outdoor lamps.

Finnish Design Shop's pendant light selection is filled with masterpieces by legendary Scandinavian designers including Alvar Aalto, Poul Henningsen and Paavo Tynell. More contemporary Nordic lighting design is represented by brands such as Secto Design, Muuto and Mater. Besides iconic Scandinavian lighting manufacturers like Louis Poulsen and Artek, we also provide pendant lights by international design companies, such as Tom Dixon from Britain and Flos and Artemide from Italy. Choose your favourite pendant light from our carefully curated selection and update your home with a design luminaire that is sure to stand the test of time!