Henk Fillekes founded Atelier Artiforte in 1930 in Rotterdam. His innovative designs for lighting made the company famous. Last year RSGA Design acquired the rights to bring the collection back into production. Atelier Artiforte is relaunched at OBJECT Rotterdam.
RSGA Design already develops and manages interior and design brands with a special origin. They already represent Rietveld Originals, Spectrum Meubelen and Gelderland. Atelier Artiforte will expand the collection of historical classics. Besides Fillekes’ work, the collection contains designs by architect Kho Liang Ie and his teacher Johan Niegeman. The Magneto and the K-46 are timeless designs. In addition to classics by these designers, Atelier Artiforte also brought well-known designs by Aldo van den Nieuwelaar on the market, with his TC-6 circle lamp as the most famous design.
RSGA founder Titus Darley says this about Atelier Artiforte: “Designer David Derksen pointed out to us the beauty of the designs of this special company. After a long search, we managed to trace all the rightful owners. We are expanding the collection of historic classics with various current designs by David Derksen, Rick Tegelaar and Rachel Griffin. Atelier Artiforte is a perfect addition to the design brands in the RSGA portfolio.”
More design at OBJECT
Next to Atelier Artifort, OBJECT is also the stage for other new initiatives. The durable 3D printed design boats of Tanaruz are present. CSrugs launches a collection of carpets by Rotterdam-based Christien Meindertsma and Yuri van Poppel produces a unique series of ceramics in collaboration with Cor Unum. Lensvelt introduces a brand new collection of chairs by Powerhouse Company.
A first is also the collaboration with the Dudok Horeca Group. It opens a pop-up restaurant on the ground floor of the HAKA-Gebouw.