Nothing is ever reborn, in the words of Alvar Aalto. Which is fitting for Artek and Tom Dixon's "new" furniture line, 2nd Cycle. The line is made up of old Artek pieces retrieved from all over the place: Helsinki flea markets, small-town auctions, defunt institutions. And the beauty of it is that after collecting 40, 50, 60-year-old (and older) furniture, it's all one-of-a-kind.
Like a nubby old sweater, holey jeans or time-softened sheets, this line shows its age and tells a story. Layers of paint, patinaed natural wood, worn leather upholstery are all qualities of these aged pieces that are not easily matched in newly manufactured products.
From Artek: Artek's visionary design found its expression in breakthrough technology to create pieces as timeless as the Picassos that used to hang above them in the shops of Helsinki. The dints, the scratches and the patina tell their never-ending story. And no matter where they've been or the place they'll end up next, one thing is certain: they're never out of time nor out of place. As Alvar Aalto once said, "Nothing is ever reborn, but neither does it totally disappear. And that which has once been, will always reappear in a new form."