Artek presents Rival, the result of the first collaboration between Konstantin Grcic and Artek.
Rival is a universal chair suited for homes, public spaces and offices. Decidedly rooted in the Artek furniture tradition, it represents a modern and fresh approach to the wooden chair. The legs are milled from one piece of solid birch, taking on a fluid quality more similar to moulded plastic than timber, while the back and armrests are made of saw-cut birch lamella.
- Backrest: birch lamella, natural lacquered or painted
- Legs: solid birch, natural lacquered or painted
- Seat shell: plastic (polypropylene)
- Upholstery: 3D knitted fabric or leather
- Height: 30.75 Inch / 78 cm
- Seat Height: 18.25 Inch / 46 cm
- Width: 23.25 Inch / 59 cm
- Depth: 20.5 Inch / 52 cm
- Swivel seat base
Artek was founded in 1935 by Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The business idea of the company was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other educational means.” That was the beginning of Artek.
The Artek collection comprises design furniture and lighting fixtures by the Nordic masters Alvar Aalto, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Tapio Wirkkala and Eero Aarnio. The latest addition to the portfolio consists of products by Yrjö Kukkapuro. The masterpiece of Kukkapuro, the Karuselli chair, will be
re-launched on the market in the beginning of the year 2014. In addition to classics, Artek is also launching new generation design products under the Artek Studio brand. Alvar Aalto’s furniture represents an interpretation of Scandinavian modernism articulated primarily in Finnish birch wood. Wood and functionality are both hallmarks of the Artek collection. The Artek portfolio represents the most comprehensive collection of wooden design furniture in the world.
Artek has international sales offices in New York, Berlin, Stockholm and Tokyo. The domestic market accounts for 60% of the company’s turnover, with Artek holding a solid position in the Finnish consumer and contract market. Vitra’s design classics have for a number of years been an important part of Artek’s collection for the Finnish market. Artek operates four stores in Finland, as well as a wide retail network.
Artek KG002 Rival High Back Chair Designed by:
- Konstantin Grcic , 2014
Konstantin Grcic was born in Munich in 1965. He was trained as a cabinetmaker at The John Makepeace School in Dorset, England and then he went on to study industrial design at the RCA in London. In 1991 he founded his design firm, Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design, in Munich. KGID is active in several areas of design, from furniture to architecture projects.
Konstantin Grcic defines function in human terms, combining formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humour. Each of his products is characterized by a careful research into the history of design and architecture and his passion for technology and materials. Known for pared-down pieces, Grcic is often called a minimalist but the designer himself prefers to speak of simplicity.
Grcic has designed products for Eemco, Flos, Magis, Mattiazzi and Vitra. His products have won important prizes and are represented in major design collections around the world.