kiki 3-seater sofa

kiki 3-seater sofa

Design Ilmari Tapiovaara, 1960
Lacquered steel frame, PU foam & dacron, upholstery
Made in Finland by Artek

Tapiovaara wanted to design inexpensive furniture for a broader audience. He made use of materials that were readily available in Finland in the 1940s, such as solid birch. Later in the 1950s, he began to develop multipurpose chairs made of steel tubing and plywood.

Ilmari Tapiovaara designed Kiki in 1960. It was originally conceived as a chair whose stackability allowed it to be used to seat large groups, such as in auditoriums. In the Kiki series Tapiovaara employed a more clean cut design idiom instead of the more organic style he had favored previously. Instead of wood, he chose oval steel tubing as the structural and unifying element of the whole Kiki collection. Kiki was a success, establishing the current direction for furniture design at this time. Kiki's timeless and elegant design idiom has made it one of the most popular pieces of public furniture in Finland.

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.

3-seater sofa: 68.1" w | 29.5" d | 26.8" h | seat: 15.4" h

3-seater sofa: $2,785.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 8-12 weeks for delivery)

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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