At our recent Reclaiming Design event, we were thrilled to see such amazing work and general interest in the integration of reused and recycled materials in the design process. But super-kudos go out to Mr. Tom Dixon, who spoke at our Inhabitat-sponsored HauteGREEN event about his recently-debuted 2nd Cycle line of furniture that is literally bringing vintage modernist furniture back into a new market.

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Because of Alvar Aalto and Artek’s legacy, and more specifically their wide distribution of home and commercial furniture in the 1930’s – Artek, with Tom Dixon’s leadership, is re-collecting and re-issuing the old pieces (from old factories, shipyards, even flea markets) and introducing them as a new line of beautifully aged pieces. We love the idea that as a consumer, you could buy something “new” to you, that is already embedded with such a rich history and design legacy. Hats off to Artek and Mr. Dixon for pushing the envelope on recycled and sustainable design initiatives. Also check out Artek’s new Bambu line we recently wrote about.

+ Artek 2nd Cycle (click on 2nd Cycle link)

From Artek’s website:

Artek’s visionary design found its expression in breakthrough technology to create pieces as timeless as the Picassos that used to hang above them in the shops of Helsinki. The dints, the scratches and the patina tell their never-ending story. And no matter where they’ve been or the place they’ll end up next, one thing is certain: they’re never out of time nor out of place. As Alvar Aalto once said, “Nothing is ever reborn, but neither does it totally disappear. And that which has once been, will always reappear in a new form.”