In spring 2009 Artek introduced its new furniture range, the 10-UNIT SYSTEM, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. This is a fully modular furniture range based on the use of one fundamental element, an L-shaped unit. The L-unit can be assembled in various positions to form a chair, a table, or a bench. The unit is manufactured from UPM ProFi wood plastic composite material.
Ville Kokkonen, R&D Manager and Head of Artek STUDIO, says that the feel of the material is very important for Artek: "UPM ProFi has a unique, slightly fuzzy but soft and warm intrinsic feel, which clearly bears no resemblance to any other material".
The successful co-operation of UPM, Artek, and Shigeru Ban started back in 2007. Ban, a forerunner in ecological architecture, designed the Artek Pavilion, made from UPM ProFi, for the Triennale garden in Milan, Italy. After Milan, the pavilion was erected in Helsinki, reconstructed for Design Miami, and sold at Sotheby's Important 20th Century Design sale in 2008.