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Artek | Floor 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


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The best floor lamps of Nordic design

Floor lamps are true eye-catchers, not only because of their light but also their size and height. A long stand gives floor lamps a sculptural silhouette and sometimes even an impression of the light floating in the air. Floor lamps are ideal beside an armchair or sofa, in a lobby or bedroom, or any room that requires a brighter spotlight or soft atmospheric lighting to complement the ceiling light. Our range includes both classic floor lamps from the 1900s and contemporary pieces from Scandinavian quality brands, ranging from low and high floor lamps to torchiere lamps as well as tripod and arch floor lamps.

Floor lamps can provide many types of lighting: a diffused light, direct spotlight or bright general light. If you are looking for a floor lamp with pleasantly soft light, your choice can be, for example, a lamp with an opal glass shade or a Japanese-style paper lantern. If you need a good spotlight for reading or working, an industrial floor lamp with an adjustable shade and arm is an ideal choice. Sometimes a floor lamp even can replace the ceiling light, particularly if the bulb is bright enough to reflect light around from the ceiling and wall. Modern floor lights can also have many useful technical features, such as a dimmer, an integrated LED unit or a timer.

Finnish Design Shop’s selection includes a stylish range of floor lights both from masters of Nordic design, mid-century modernism and designers around the world. We stock floor lights designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Poul Henningsen’s and Arne Jacobsen's models by Louis Poulsen and wooden floor lights by the Finnish Secto Design. The colour range includes classic black and white, shiny brass and steel, bright colours and elegant marble. Choose your favourite floor lamp and update your home with a genuine, timeless Scandinavian design!

Some popular categories: Artemide floor lamps, Flos floor lamps