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INSIDE: green artek
Posted by Cerentha Harris on 10/15/2007

HARRY: I’m on a green run at the moment. You know, Al Gore wins a Nobel Prize, (check out these letters in the New York Times - some very good points) - there’s definitely something going on out there. Artek jumped on board early this year with an elegant line of bamboo furniture. As they say - it’s Alvar Aalto meets ethical furniture design. I also noticed that Shigeru Ban did Artek’s pavillion this year for Milan Furniture Fair. If you’re in Helsinki you can stop by this extraordianry crisp white barn-like building. I love Shigeru Ban’s work. When I was involved in Sydney Design Week we brought him out and he spoke at the Powerhouse Museum. He was an intelligent, passionate, humble visionary. I’ve been following his work ever since. We were lucky enough to visit his temporary gallery in Los Angeles that housed the Ashes and Snow exhibition. Shigeru has been considering the environmental implications of his buildings for years (just look at his amazing structures made from recycled paper tubes like the Paper House on Lake Yamanaka below). And he’s just produced a book on Aalto - nice tie back to Artek!

Categories: Furniture, Green, Harry

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