domus chair

domus chair

domus chair

Design Ilmari Tapiovaara, 1946
Form pressed birch or oak plywood, solid birch or oak
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 Domus chair, alongside the Domus lounge chair, were originally designed by Tapiovaara for the public spaces at the Domus Academica's student housing. Designing the interiors of the Domus Academica was the first important commission for Ilmari and his wife Annikki. The Domus chair was designed to be an all-purpose chair supposed to serve as a work chair in student rooms, but also in the hallways, auditoriums, etc. The main objectives in the design were that it had to be comfortable and it had to support the back. Domus requires little space and is stackable. It is made of form-pressed birch plywood and offered in a variety of finish options as well as upholstered.

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.

22.8" w | 21.3" d | 31.1" h | seat: 17.7" 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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