The American debut of the Artek Pavilion at Design Miami

December 6, 2007

Press preview: December 6, between 6 and 7 pm
Public show schedule: December 7-9, between 11 am and 7 pm

In Spring 2007 in Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Artek and the forest industry company UPM presented Artek Pavilion in the Triennale Garden, a legendary platform for international design. In September the pavilion was erected in Helsinki, in the area between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum. And now, in December 2007, the pavilion will be reconstructed at Design Miami.

Artek/UPM/Shigeru Ban - Collaboration

Artek Pavilion, "The Space of Silence", is designed by internationally recognized Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who has been a remarkable trailblazer in applying ecological thinking and the principles of sustainable development to architectural design. Ban's architecture emphasizes refinement and a highly developed innovativeness, especially in materials technologies. His original and bold approaches to the use of paper, cardboard and bamboo as construction materials, combined with a clean-lined and contemporary architectural aesthetics, have made him one of the most important architects of our times.

The Art of Recycling

Artek Pavilion is built out of UPM developed wood-plastic composite. The principle raw material for this recycled material i self-adhesive label materials made of paper and plastic. This nomadic construction, an unconventional piece of ecological innovation with elegant beauty, stands for Artek's attitude to sustainable development, amplifying the dialogue between design, architecture and art.

Artek 2nd Cycle

An installation of hundred used Aalto chairs will be on display in the Artek Pavilion. The patina and the aged surfaces evoke stories and imagination. Furniture's provenance is coded and embedded into RFID/NFC tags, which are readable via mobile phones. Artek's reputation is founded on commitment to quality and continuity. 2nd Cycle item is a proof of authenticity, longevity and graceful aging process of an orginal Artek product.

Artek Pavilion at Design Miami
Palm Lot, 140 NE 39 St., Miami Design District, FL 33137, USA

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