Sustainable stories by Artek’s 2nd Cycle

“Nothing old is ever reborn but neither does it totally disappear. And that which has once been born, will always reappear in a new form.”

Since the foundation of Artek in 1935, some 8 million Aalto stools have been sold worldwide. A few years ago Artek started to collect old Aalto chairs from flea markets, schools, elderly people’s homes and garages. Artek wanted to give these classics a new lease on life, an original opportunity to tell their story. They are called the 2nd Cycle.

Sustainable 2nd Cycle items are part of Artek’s environmental strategy. By creating the 2nd Cycle Artek wants to raise the issue of conscious consuming, praise the authentic design and honour the importance of originality. Solidly made and impervious to fashion, these iconic pieces of furniture have gained value and beauty through their everyday use.

“This was a brand new stool sometime in the 30s. It only just found its way back to Artek, when one of our Korhonen factory craftsmen brought it home. Where it’s been in the past 70 years, we can only guess by reading tiny clues, like the green paint subtly appearing trough the chipped coat of red. It might tell us that it was one of the hundreds like that used to lie quietly in the halls of Paimio Sanatorium. Someone then thought that orange and red go better with hallmark L-legs. Some might think this stool looks old and dodgy. We think it’s never looked more beautiful”.

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