Artek and Marimekko's “Be Honest!” Exhibition

Artek and Marimekko's “Be Honest!” Exhibition

Jen DeRose
Sep 8, 2008

What is sustainability in design? For Artek, which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Alvar Aalto's Stool 60, and Marimekko, with numerous 1950's patterns still in production, the answer is high quality, longevity, and strong ideology.

Their response is explored in the exhibition "Be Honest! Timeless Design for the Next Generation by Aartek and Marimekko" which opens tomorrow in Japan…

The two Finnish design houses are celebrating at Tokyo's Spiral Garden. There's a sculptural installation for the 75th anniversary of Artek's stool, which was designed by architect Alvar Aalto in 1933, and Marimekko will show classic and new prints, created by established and young designers like Maija Isola, Kristina Isola, and Miina Äkkijyrkkä.

In addition, stars like Shigeru Ban, GROOVISIONS, and Yukiharu Takematsu are creating unique versions of the stool.

The show opens tomorrow and runs through September 23rd.

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