TEN: 10 years, 10 stories, 10 products – A selling exhibition at Artek 2nd Cycle

Artek 2nd Cycle is Artek’s platform for pre-loved Finnish design: it buys and sells rediscovered furniture, lighting and other everyday objects, giving them a second cycle in their lives. In doing so, Artek 2nd Cycle celebrates the character and beauty that these timeless designs gain through daily use, preserving their qualities through a process of careful, considered reconditioning.

This October, the Artek 2nd Cycle store celebrates its tenth anniversary with an exhibition instore and online, showcasing a curated selection of ten pre-loved designs that embody its mission in different ways. Ranging from rare finds to everyday objects, each one has its own individual story. Together, they express the ethos of Artek 2nd Cycle, and give an insight into the rich history of Artek, and of Finnish design.

Among the pieces on sale are an early edition of Alvar Aalto’s iconic Stool 60, with a beautiful patina; an alluringly varnished set of Ilmari Tapiovaara’s classic Domus chair; striking designs by the Aaltos, including rare Schnapps glasses from Aino Aalto’s influential Bölgeblick range; and everything from a rocking chair to a vanity mirror by designers including Ben af Schultén, Maija Heikinheimo, Paavo Tynell and Yrjö Kukkapuro.

These unique, pre-loved products can be purchased in person from the Artek 2nd Cycle store in Helsinki, or online through its digital pop-up shop. They can be shipped worldwide, and are available on a first-come-first-served basis. The Artek 2nd Cycle digital pop-up shop will close on November 6th, and can be found at https://shop.artek.fi/.