Big news on the European furniture front: Vitra has acquired Finnish company Artek. Founded in 1935 by Alvar Aalto and his wife, Artek has produced some of modern design's most iconic pieces. Both design-forward brands with "commercial-cultural projects", Vitra maintains that Artek will continue as a separate entity, with some synergy between the two for distributional and logistical purposes.
In other news, Donny Osmond launches a home collection, and Modern Shows launches a design-based travel blog. See the headlines after the jump.