pirkka side chair

pirkka side chair

Design Ilmari Tapiovaara, 1955
Solid Pine & Birch
Made in Finland by Artek

Tapiovaara was a great admirer of Alvar Aalto's work and wanted to create products based on the same ideological premises. He embraced the principle of social equality of functionalism, and felt that architecture was the starting point of his design work.

The Pirkka series is a simple yet elegant collection of chairs, stools, benches and tables. It features a brown stained solid pine wood seat with a black stained solid birch frame.

llmari Tapiovaara was one of the greatest interior architects and designers of his era. With the mind of an explorer and a soul of a craftsman, Tapiovaara was always seeking for new solutions to improve everyday objects. During his long career Tapiovaara created dozens of iconic objects loved by the public. He was revered as a master of characteristic and human objects and surroundings who captured the essence of Finnish identity. Ilmari Tapiovaara was awarded a total of six gold medals at the Milan Triennials as well as many other important awards throughout his career.

15.4" w | 17.3" d | 31.9" h | seat: 17.3" h

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Llmari Tapiovaara

Finnish designer llmari Tapiovaara was always seeking new solutions to improve everyday objects. He was revered as a master of characteristic and human objects who captured the essence of Finnish identity. Ilmari Tapiovaara was awarded a total of six gold medals at the Milan Triennials as well as many other important awards throughout his long career. In 1937, he graduated in interior design and in the following year worked for Asko. He would count Alvar Aalto as a strong influence, wanting to create products based on the same ideological premises of social equality of functionalism. He felt that architecture was the starting point of his design work. His own work gained attention for the Domus chairs, which came about while working with his wife at the Domus Academy in 1946.
Artek was founded in 1935 by four young idealists, Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The business idea of the company was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other educational means.” The founders of Artek advocated a new kind of environment for everyday life. They believed in a grand synthesis of the arts and wanted to make a difference in town planning as well as architecture and design.
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