Overall, the space is incredibly flexible and human-centred, offering a balance of collaborative spaces and private zones where Artek’s people, their clients and their dealer network (the biggest part of the business here in Finland) can retreat and concentrate. ‘We’ve found that more and more clients are now coming to see us – for breakfasts and for evening events – which is just great!’ Marianne enthuses. ‘They are really, really using this space.’
The use of historical and contemporary Artek furniture – together with complementary Vitra designs – helps create a friendly, softer yet functional environment, with beautiful fabrics and a stunning art collection providing pops of colour throughout.
Although the sun is shining brightly throughout our visit, Marianne tells us that the nights will soon be drawing in and, therefore, the days will be getting considerably shorter. It’s therefore important that the large windows allow as much of the limited natural light into the space, which is supported by a sensitive interior lighting scheme and bright finishes. ‘The light is a major issue in Helsinki, therefore the interior is as light as possible to help work against those long, dark days,’ Marianne explains.
Our memorable (and largely sunny) trip continued with a visit to the astonishing Paimio Sanatorium (an incredible former tuberculosis sanatorium designed by Aalto back in 1929) and the Artek factory near the city of Turku. If you get the chance, all are well worth a visit.