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.