December 5, 2007 - Artek - The American debut of the Artek Pavilion at Design Miami
December 5, 2007

The American debut of the Artek Pavilion at Design Miami

Sustainability as an Attitude —
the Art of Recycling

The American debut of the Artek Pavilion at
Design Miami
7-9 December 2007

Press Preview at the Artek Pavilion: December 6 at 6-7 pm

In Spring 2007 in Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Artek and the forest industry company UPM presented Artek Pavilion in the Triannale garden, a legendary platform for international design. In September the Pavilion was erected in Helsinki, in the area between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum. And now, in December 2007, this nomadic pavilion will be reconstructed at Design Miami.

Artek/UPM/Shigeru Ban –Collaboration

Artek Pavilion, “The Space of Silence”, is designed by internationally recognized Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who has been a remarkable trailblazer in applying ecological thinking and the principles of sustainable development to architectural design. Ban’s architecture emphasizes refinement and a highly developed innovativeness, especially in materials technologies. His original and bold approaches to the use of paper, cardboard and bamboo as construction materials, combined with a clean-lined and contemporary architectural aesthetics, have made him one of the most important architects of our times.

The Art of Recycling

Artek Pavilion is built out of UPM developed wood-plastic composite. The principle raw material for this recycled material is self-adhesive label materials made of paper and plastic. This nomadic construction, an unconventional piece of ecological innovation with elegant beauty, stands for Artek’s attitude to sustainable development, amplifying the dialogue between design, architecture and art.

Artek 2nd Cycle

An installation of hundred used Aalto chairs will be on display in the Artek Pavilion. The patina and the aged surfaces evoke stories and imagination. Furniture’s provenance is coded and embedded into RFID/NFC tags, which are readable via mobile phones. Artek’s reputation is founded on commitment to quality and continuity. 2nd Cycle item is a proof of authenticity, longevity and graceful aging process of an original
Artek product.

Artek Pavilion
Design Miami/
Palm Lot, 140 NE 39 St., Miami Design District, FL 33137, USA
Public Show Schedule: 7-9 December 11 am – 7 pm

Further information:
Artek: Anna Vartiainen, Marketing and PR Manager tel. +358 40 823 9039

Artek was established in 1935 to promote humane and innovative design. The corner stones of Artek’s product development strategy are ethics, aesthetics and ecology. Combining the heritage of Alvar Aalto with ambitious product research, Artek today is more art and tech than ever.

Artek Pavilion

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