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The Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino together with Maire Gullichsen and the art historian and writer Nils-Gustav Hahl founded Artek in 1935.

Artek merged with Billnäs in 1963 but was taken over in 1997 by Swedish investment under Proventus and in September 2013 became part of the Swiss design group Vitra.

The company still manufacture the classic furniture designed by Aalto in the 1930s, including armchairs and tables and the famous round stool with bent-wood legs that has now been in production for over 80 years.

The Artek design studio now works with a number of international architects, designers and artists including Naoto Fukasawa, Pancho Nikander and Hari Koskinen.