Advocating a new standard for everyday living, four idealists named Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl established Artek in 1935. Highly inspired by the connection between nature and man, an organic ideology was reflected in their furnishings. Long-term durability and high quality combined with a clean-lined form language are the essential elements in every piece of Artek furniture. Artek's comprehensive furnishing system can be used in all kinds of situations from public spaces to offices, museums to schools, hotels to homes. Today, Artek remains faithful to the Aaltos' basic values as their master craftspeople continue to produce Aalto designs in Finland with high quality natural materials.