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Artek | Wall 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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Scandinavian wall lights and wall lamps create a homely atmosphere

We at Finnish Design Shop have a curated selection of wall lights from different decades of Scandinavian design, as well as many interesting wall lamp designs from elsewhere in the world. Cornerstones of our wall light collection include the wall-mounted lamps designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, classic lamps by the Danish brand Louis Poulsen, and award-winning lights by the Italian brand Artemide. Explore our selection to find the perfect Scandinavian wall light for your home!

How to choose the right wall lamp?

First, decide what features you want from a wall light: a wall lamp can cast soft mood lighting, a focused spotlight, or bright light for an entire room. Wall lights are needed for various spaces and purposes: a sculptural wall lamp can create ambience in a living room, a wall-mounted desk lamp helps you to maximise desk space, and subtle spotlights are ideal for bedtime reading. Flush-mounted lamps and sconce lights installed on walls make great alternatives if you are seeking a minimalist appearance and compact form in a wall lamp.

Wall lamps can also have a host of useful features – such as an adjustable arm, directable shade or dimmer light switch – which you can use to change the quality of the light. Most of the wall lights in our selection are wall lamps with cords, but you can also find many hardwired wall sconces if you are looking for a completely cord-free option.

What is a good way to use wall lamps in home decoration?

A wall lamp can be like a piece of art on its own or extremely functional and minimal in its appearance. When buying a new wall light, choose the shape, size and material of the wall lamp based on how much you want it to get attention. Wall lamps are an easy way to add bold accent colours, your favourite natural materials or a raw industrial touch to the home decor. You can also create a vivid vibe by mixing together large and small wall lights, flush-mounted wall lights and hanging wall lamps, or wall lamps in contrasting colours and materials. Our collection features impressive sculptural models as well as minimalist, subdued wall light fixtures in a range of colours and high-quality materials including glass, brass, steel and ceramics.

As a general rule, wall lamps should be positioned around eye level or slightly lower to avoid glare from the bulb. Wall lights are also wonderful outside, for example when fixed to the wall of a building – our range of outdoor lamps includes many outdoor wall lamps suitable for exterior use. We also have many different wall lights for kids in timeless Scandinavian style.

How to create mood lighting with wall lights?

The appeal of a wall lamp often lies in non-glare light, which is reflected gently into a room from a wall and ceiling. A well-lit wall makes a room feel much more spacious and airy. Soft, glare-free light is ideal as mood lighting or as an addition to ceiling lighting. On the other hand, you can also use bright spotlights for mood lighting by directing the beam of light to an object of your choice: a desk, an armchair or a picture hung on a wall. Feel free to combine indirect, reflected light with spotlights that highlight individual objects, as long as you make sure that the spots don’t dazzle anyone in the room.

Inspiration for finding a new wall lamp

To help you out with finding a new wall light for your home, we picked a few inspiring articles from our online magazine Design Stories:

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