Pre-loved perfection: ten designs define a decade of Artek 2nd Cycle

Pre-loved perfection: ten designs define a decade of Artek 2nd Cycle

Artek 2nd Cycle, the brand’s platform for pre-loved design, celebrates its tenth anniversary with an exhibition, ‘Ten’ (until 6 November 2021), and an exclusive e-commerce pop-up

Artek 2nd Cycle is marking its tenth anniversary with an exhibition at its Helsinki store. ‘Ten’, which will run until 6 November 2021, puts the spotlight on ten pre-loved pieces that encompass the brand’s mission and story so far.

Artek’s platform for pre-loved Finnish design came to life after the brand’s team began collecting secondhand Artek furniture designed by founders Alvar and Aino Aalto. A few years later, in 2011, this pastime took tangible shape in a dedicated Helsinki store, and thus Artek 2nd Cycle was born. Originally created to give pre-owned furniture and objects a second life, it has now grown to sell everything from carpets, tableware and ceramics to fine-art prints and lighting. Designers included range from the celebrated – such as Yrjö Kukkapuro, Paavo Tynell and Alvar and Aino Aalto – to the newer and less well-known.

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‘Bölgeblick’ schnapps glasses, Model no. 4056, by Aino Aalto, 1932

The platform is led by its respect for the past, and an admiration for traditional production methods. By conducting a deep-dive into the evolving nature of production methods, or enabling the reintroduction of colours and material for new, long-lasting designs, it allows Artek to look forward to long-term changes.

The store celebrates the enduring nature of design championed by Artek’s pieces. The brand subscribes to both sustainable methods and a circular economy, championing the use of natural materials, and parts that can be repaired, rather than disposed of, a philosophy first outlined in 1935 at the company’s inception.

Now, this rich history is encompassed in the exhibition, which showcases ten pieces that define the last decade. Furniture ranges from the ‘Stool 60’, designed by Alvar Aalto and complete with a rich, aged hue, to Ilmari Tapiovaara’s classic ‘Domus Chair’. Aino Aalto’s schnapps glasses from the highly coveted ‘Bölgeblick’ range join a lamp, a rocking chair, door handles and a vanity mirror by designers including Ben af Schultén, Maija Heikinheimo, Paavo Tynell, and Yrjö Kukkapuro.

All designs can be purchased in person through the Helsinki store or through a digital pop-up shop on a first-come first-served basis. §

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