Enzo Mari is a designer, thinker and provocateur. Determined to develop mass-produced objects without compromising his belief that the outcome should always be beautiful to look at and feel while being functional. Sedia 1 – Chair is the first object from the famous and thought-provoking project "Autoprogettazione" (1974) to go into production with Artek. In line with the original idea of the project, customers will purchase a set of precut pinewood boards, nails and instructions for the chair. ”Design is always education,” sums up Mari.
- Untreated pine
- Height: 33.8 Inch / 86 cm
- Seat Height: 18.5 Inch / 47 cm
- Width: 19.7 Inch / 50 cm
- Depth: 20.5 Inch / 52 cm
- Chair is delivered as pre-cut pine boards along with assembly instructions and nails
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 Sedia Chair Designed by:
- Enzo Mari , 1974
"Form is everything" - Enzo Mari
Mari was born in Novara, Italy and he studied at the Brera Academy in Milan, Italy from 1952 to 1956. In the 1970s, he founded the Nuova Tendenza art movement as a professor at Società Umanitaria, also in Milan. Also in that decade, he designed the Sof Sof chair and the "Box" chair. He draws inspiration from the idealism of the arts and crafts movement, and his political views as a communist.
Enzo Mari has published a few books. In the 1960s, published a series of books, including "The Apple and the Butterfly", a wordless book of paintings depicting the story of a caterpillar and an apple and in 1974 he made the book Autoprogettazione, which deals around the DIY construction of furniture. He has multiple works on display at the Museum of Modern Art (New York). He has had recent retrospective shows in Turin, Italy, and an important presentation of his work in "Adhocracy" show during the first Istanbul Design Biennial.