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Posted By Emily Pilloton On May 17, 2007 @ 1:30 pm In Design,Green Furniture,Green Home decor | 12 Comments

Artek, Artek Bambu, Bamboo furniture, Bambu furniture, Tom Dixon, Henrik Tjaerby, Alvar Aalto, Finnish Design [1]

Tom Dixon [2] is proof that designers are not just producers of objects, but also producers of change. After merging his own business with Alvar Aalto’s Finnish design manufacturer Artek [3], Dixon is showing his true (green) colors and his commitment to eco-design with the debut of Artek’s [3] new Bambu [4] line of furniture, made from, as the moniker implies, bamboo. The pieces themselves are designed by Henrik Tjaerby [5], though the move towards a more sustainable product line was Dixon’s [6] brainchild. Here’s one star designer who doesn’t mind sharing the limelight for a greater cause. Make sure to come hear what he has to say during his interview with Julie Taraska on Saturday at HauteGREEN [7].

Artek, Artek Bambu, Bamboo furniture, Bambu furniture, Tom Dixon, Henrik Tjaerby, Alvar Aalto, Finnish Design 3

Dixon’s [6] partnership with Artek [4] was not only a bold business move for his own studio, but also demonstrates a commitment to bringing about wider change within the design industry, bringing greener practices to age-old enterprises. He says of Artek [4], “This was a company with no product development, and it had fallen behind the times. I went in thinking, Right, I can do this. I should do that.” The Bambu [4] chair and table have been three years in development, going through rounds of refinement until Dixon finally felt the products lived up to Artek’s [4] tradition of sustainability, functionality and longevity.

+ Tom Dixon [6]
+ Artek [8]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/05/17/artek-launches-sustainable-bambu-furniture-collection/

[2] Tom Dixon: http://www.tomdixon.net

[3] Artek: http://www.artek.fi/en/index.html

[4] Bambu: http://www.artek.fi/en/news_r.html?&Id=1169579244.html

[5] Henrik Tjaerby: http://www.tjaerby.com/

[6] Dixon’s: http://www.tomdixon.net/

[7] HauteGREEN: http://www.hautegreen.com/

[8] + Artek: http://www.artek.fi/

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