Artek was founded in 1935 by Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl in their pursuit of a new kind of environment for everyday life. They believed in a grand synthesis of the arts and wanted to make a difference in town planning as well as architecture and design.
Today Artek is renowned as being one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, building on the heritage of Alvar Aalto. Functionality and timeless aesthetics are the essential elements in the creation of every product that bears the Artek name.
Born 1970, in Karstula, Finland, Harri Koskinen graduated from the Institute of Art and Design in Helsinki. His highly acclaimed Block Lamp was an immediate hit when it was introduced in 1996. Among his clients Harri can list Marimekko, Magis, MUJI, Swarovski, and many others.
Harri was awarded the prestigious Torsten and Wanja Söderberg prize at The Röhsska Museum of Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts in 2009. The chairman of the jury noted that, despite his young age, Harri is perhaps Finland's greatest contemporary designer, and whose design is a perfect combination of tradition and renewal.