Thursday, March 12th, 2015
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Our current sales are so big, it’s hard to keep track. Don’t let any pieces you’ve been saving up for slip through the cracks. Artek is an modern furnishing brand established by the legendary husband and wife team of Alvar and Aino Aalto, along with art promoter Maire Gullichsen and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl in 1935. They were way ahead of their time, leading the design pack and creating beautiful modern pieces destined to become icons. Here are some of the modern icons by Artek, currently 15% off at Design Public.
Artek 60 Stool. Designed in 1933 by the great architect and home furnishings designer Alvar Aalto, this simple stool is a very early example of functional modernism. It’s look is timeless, and it’s also available in the E60 version which has lacquer and linoleum colored top options.
Artek Siena Trays. If you have a lot of design-loving friends, I highly recommend stocking up on a few of these to use as gifts for them. This purchase will be a great bang for your buck.
Artek A330S Golden Bell Lamp. Bring a shiny piece of the fabulous Savoy Restaurant (Helsinki) to your home. Originally designed for the establishment in the 1930s, its elegant form is timeless.
Artek A110 Pendant. If a simpler style and finish is more your bag, try the cylindrical lines of the A110 Pendant. Available in black or white, it has just a hint of bling at the rim that helps bounce the light around.
Artek Chair 69. A straightforward birch piece, this chair is great for modern dining rooms, farmhouse kitchens or colorful playrooms alike.
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
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Been saving up for your favorite iittala bird by ? Looking to up your glassware, serveware or everyday china and silverware to something with timeless Finnish modern style? Do it now. iittala is on sale for 20% off now through December 3, 2013.
Here are just a few standouts from the collection, geared toward those you may need to buy a gift for:
The consummate cook: iittala Tools Cookware. This is for a cook/chef whom you really love a lot. Quality meant for professional chefs and style geared toward design aesthetes make these pieces the ones they’ll proudly leave out on the stovetop or pot rack even when they are not in use.
The bird lover: iittala Toikka Birds. Each glass-blown bird is a one-of-a-kind work of art by Oiva Toikka, and is something your giftee will treasure for life.
The MoMA member: An Aalto Vase. No modernists home is complete without an iconic Alvar Aalto vase. The smallest version starts at $54.40 with this sale, a total steal.
The oenophile: Essence Drinkware. These glasses are crafted from lead-free crystal and were designed to serve a full range of wines.
The modern host with the most: Vitriini Tray in Oak. Of course this is also a great gift for the hostess with the mostess. It’s a lovely tray for serving or corraling dressertop, nightstand or desk items or iittala glass boxes.
For me: Sarjaton Metsa Bowl. This little bowl is at the top of my list. No, I don’t expect you to send me one, but what the heck, I thought I’d throw my personal favorite in there. While it’s really meant for food and is dishwasher and microwave safe, my plans are to leave this Finnish porcelain beauty out on a shelf, on top of a stack of related books, like Finnish Summer Houses. Holy moly, I just looked up that book so I could shoot you guys a link and saw that sellers are reselling it for over $200! I may sell my copy so I can scoop up this bowl and a Toikka bird …
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
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Hmmm, Clearly I’m spending a lot of time on Apartment Therapy house tours this week. Basically, I pull up their site and go straight to the House Tours tab on the left. They have their their best tour ever up right now. It’s Alvar Aalto’s studio in Helsinki (it’s now the home of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, the Alvar Aalto Academy and the Alvar Aalto Museum Architectural Heritage). Way to go AT.
To see the full tour, click here. I highly recommend it!