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Artek was founded in Helsinki in 1935 by four young innovators: designers Alvar and Aino Aalto, curator Maire Gullichsen, and art historian and critic Nils-Gustav Hahl—with a mission to improve modern living through exceptional design. Throughout the collection, there is a sense of subtlety that makes each piece approachable, coupled with sophistication and elegance that makes even the simplest designs feel special. It’s our absolute honor to introduce Artek’s extraordinary collection into the SUITE NY family—and if you’re inspired by the items featured this week, we encourage you to visit our website or contact our team so we can help you find the perfect pieces to elevate your space.
Alvar Aalto
The Tank Chair is a reminder that simplicity and beauty don’t have to be mutually exclusive. As voluminous as it is comfortable, this spacious lounge chair was created by Alvar Aalto in 1936 for an exhibition at the Milan Triennale, where it was promptly awarded a prize. The seat is soft and flexible, perfect for accomodating long periods of relaxation, and the design’s versatility allows Tank to occupy an endless range of settings with ease, from the contemporary living room to upscale commercial spaces, such as lounges, hotels, and museums. 
Alvar Aalto
A joy to look at and a pleasure to use, the Tea Trolley 900 is a beautiful design in every possible way. The trolley’s design was inspired by British tea culture, as well as by Japanese woodwork and architecture, two vastly different aesthetics that were equally admired by the Finnish designer. The ceramic tiles on its top surface and a rattan basket contrast elegantly in regards to color, texture, and feel, adding a sense of depth and excitement. Versatile and full of character, Tea Trolley 900 is certain to be admired and appreciated by guests, the perfect centerpiece for enjoying anything from breakfast to high tea or cocktails.
Alvar Aalto
“Relax and unwind” takes on an elevated meaning in Lounge Chair 43, which beckons you to truly and fully immerse oneself in the lounge experience. An exploration of the possibilities of bentwood manufacturing, the design tactfully showcases the stability and flexibility offered by birch lamella, which allows for curves and bends comparable in strength to tubular steel, but with an added warmth. The linen webbing adds a tasteful new texture and dimension, and lends to an even more restful experience. Webbing available in black, black/blue, black/brown, naturak/black, natural/white, and natural/red.
Ronan & Erwan Boroullec
Minimalist and impressive, the Rope Chair’s ingenuity can be found in the dynamic interplay between flax rope and steel frame. The Rope Chair was born out of a line drawing, which was then translated into a three-dimensional design—in essence, a simple artistic gesture rendered in space. Initially made for maritime use, the rope is at the heart of the chair’s unexpected comfort, providing both strength and adaptability. The chair’s motif is an ongoing synthesis of contrasts: sophisticated engineering and creative expression, solid structure and flexible elements, stiff tubes and pliable rope—and yet, there is a unique sense of harmony in the tension between these polarizing concepts and materials. 
Yrjö Kukkapuro
Karuselli was designed in 1964, but feels like a work of art sent back from the future—in the best possible way. Distinct in style and exceptionally comfortable, the Karuselli Lounge Chair exemplifies designer Yrjö Kukkapuro’s interest in achieving ultimate comfort through a union of function, ergonomics, and organic form. Shaped to echo the human body, Kukkapuro spent several years sculpting the chair, ultimately arriving at the refreshing and innovative seating solution seen today. The chair’s deep seat offers a profoundly pleasurable experience, while the leather upholstery, steel brace, and fiberglass base and shell provide strength and durability.