An Alvar Aalto Design. Reinterpreted by Hella Jongerius. Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto established a legacy of durable and modern decor options with Artek, founded in 1935. Modern aesthetics that withstand the test of time coupled with high functionality are essential to the Artek philosophy. Artek’s chic pendants elevate any space with their sleek design and classic colors, making corporate offices feel lived-in and private homes feel minimal and open. Color: Wood.