As Finns began rebuilding their country after World War II, M S. Martela, who worked wood processing, launched a business to manufacture and market durable, practical, and beautiful office furniture. He presented Finland with comfortable and supportive work chairs and open-plan offices, and introduced the terms “ergonomics” and “partition” to the Finnish corporate world. Since the beginning, there has bee a high demand for Martela’s high-quality products in Finland and abroad.
Martela started under the name Tehokaluste it means power Furniture. Over the decades, the company has witnessed radical changes in work methods as it has grown into Finland’s largest office furniture designer and manufacturer. It is also a leading expert organization on work and learning environments in the Nordic countries.
Although office work has increased significantly and undergone major changes during the ast century, the purpose of office design has always been the same: to support work and make it more effective. In the early 1900s, efficiency was sought by arranging workspaces in rows in large spaces, following the industrial model. Later, management was moved into their own offices with large desks. Martela’s first product in 1945 was a manager’s desk. The digital revolution brought technology into offices, and interior design started revoling around computers and copy machines.
The latest stage has been called the wellbeing revolution. Work and learning environment design now focuses on human beings instead of machines. As user-centricity rises in importance, several solutions maybe built in the same environment to serve different work stages and methods. In other words, personal work spaces are being replaced by common spaces. The end result of the change is an open-plan office or school. Technology has become less conspicuous while it has started serving user needs better.
Martela is a pioneer in Finnish work and learning environment design, performing continuous research in order to create better workspaces. It has also sought inspiration from abroad, but as a creator of user-centric work environments. Martela has helped make Finland a country where others come for inspiration.
Martela’s work solutions are flexible, adapting to changing needs. Its products are also durable is use, and their designs maintain their popularity for decades. One of its perennial favorites is the Kilta chair, designed by Olli Mannermaa. Due to its structure, Kilta was title Finland’s first plastic chair, and people are still reupholstering chairs made in 1960s for continued use. In fact, reusing furniture has been a major part of Martela’s ideology for years, and when products are made to last, they can easily be reused.
Matti S. Martela launched the business during the years of shortage due to war reparations. Since then, it has grown and developed along with our country. Its durable, high-quality products have also found their way abroad and made Finnish furniture design known globally. Nowadays, Martela Lifecycle services offer user-centric planning and comprehensive implementation of offices and learning environments, which supports the economy and education in Finland and abroad. The founder’s wealth of ideas and desire for progress still live strong in Martela’s organization, helping it stay on the cutting edge of global changes.