Artek presents Kaari, the first collaboration between Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and the Finnish design company. Based on a simple, yet intelligent component, the Kaari Collection comprises rectangular and round tables in two sizes as well as a desk, a wall console, a small round shelf and larger shelves.
Upon viewing these tables, observers feel as if they are looking at something completely new. Interestingly, however, this impression is not based on the use of new materials or innovative technology. Both wood and steel banding are traditional materials and a fundamental part of the Artek heritage – however, they have never before been combined in this way. Linoleum and glossy HPL, which were chosen as surface materials, absorb or reflect light in very different ways. As the tables are used over the course of time, these materials will develop an attractive patina.
Besides rectangular and round tables in two sizes each, the Kaari Collection includes a desk, a wall console, a small round shelf and an assortment of large wall-mounted shelf units. In addition to the material, the system concept is also prevalent in the history of Artek. Similar to the way Aalto used the L-leg to support a variety of tables, chairs, stools and containers, the Bouroullecs combine solid wood with steel banding to create a column base for small round tables, symmetrical wing-shaped legs for large rectangular tables and legs with a single wing- shaped support on one side for desks. The same principle is also applied to wall-mounted tables and shelves. Despite this affinity with the Artek tradition, however, Kaari has found an aesthetic of its own, making it distinguishable from classic Artek designs.