Finnish furniture company Artek got its start with design icon Alvar Aalto
. The company, founded in 1935, consisted of four young Finns led by Aalto. Together they built a brand centered around aesthetically pleasing, high quality furniture that focused on modernism, clean lines and functionality. That modernistic spirit could be seen in all of Aalto's pieces: furniture, lamps, and textiles as well as home accessories such as coat racks and umbrella holders.