The Artek 2nd Cycle store in Helsinki is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a selling exhibition consisting of specially selected rarities and beautifully patinated pieces by Finnish designers including Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maija Heikinheimo and Paavo Tynell.
ON OCTOBER 2021, the Artek 2nd Cycle store in Helsinki celebrates its tenth anniversary by hosting a new selling exhibition TEN, which showcases a curated selection of ten pre-loved designs that embody the mission and express the ethos of Artek 2nd Cycle.
From 15 October, these unique products can be purchased in person from the Artek 2nd Cycle store or online through its digital pop-up shop.
Among the pieces on sale are an early edition of Alvar Aalto’s iconic Stool 60 with a beautiful patina; an alluringly varnished set of Ilmari Tapiovaara’s classic Domus chair; striking designs by the Aaltos, including rare Schnapps glasses from Aino Aalto’s influential Bölgeblick range; and everything from a rocking chair to a vanity mirror by designers including Ben af Schultén, Maija Heikinheimo, Paavo Tynell and Yrjö Kukkapuro.
Artek 2nd Cycle is Artek’s platform for pre-owned Finnish design: it buys and sells rediscovered furniture, lighting and other everyday objects and celebrates the character and beauty that these timeless designs gain through daily use, preserving their qualities through a process of careful, considered reconditioning.
Artek 2nd Cycle promotes conscious consumption
Showcasing the longevity and enduring appeal of Artek’s furniture, and of other Finnish design pieces, Artek 2nd Cycle promotes conscious consumption – the idea that what we buy should be chosen with care and cherished rather than disposed of. This is a key principle of a sustainable, circular economy, and one that has always been important to Artek.
In 1935, its founders sought to enhance modern-day life through progressive designs that offered both practical and aesthetic durability. This goal was manifested through innovative techniques, natural materials and standardized repairable parts.
The Artek 2nd Cycle project started in 2006, when Artek began collecting second-hand furniture designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto, tracking it down everywhere from flea markets and yard sales to old factories, schools and shipyards.
In 2011, the Artek 2nd Cycle store opened its doors in the heart of Helsinki. Over time, its focus has expanded to encompass a wide range of Finnish design, including lighting, carpets, ceramics, tableware and fine-art prints, from the early 20th century to today.
The selling exhibition TEN is open from 15 October to 6 November at the Artek 2nd Cycle store (Pieni Roobertinkatu 4, Helsinki) and at the Artek 2nd Cycle digital pop-up shop.
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