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Artek was founded in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Alto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The founders of Artek became advocates for a new a new kind of environment for everyday life – they wanted to make a difference in architecture and design as well as in urban planning. Today, Artek is renowned for being one of the most innovative design companies, creating new paths at the intersection of design, architecture and art.