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Color: Brown Stained Pine / Black Stained Birch

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About the Designer
Ilmari Tapiovaara  

llmari Tapiovaara was one of the greatest interior architects and designers of his era. With the mind of anexplorer 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. Tapiovaara is especially revered as a master of characteristic and human objects and surroundings who captured the essence of Finnish identity. Today the contemporary Tapiovaara Family Collection maintains the timeless heritage of a master of Finnish design. Ilmari Tapiovaara graduated in 1937 as interior architect from the department of furniture design of the Central School of Applied Arts in Helsinki. After graduation he obtained the position of assistant for six months at Le Corbusier's office in Paris. In 1938 Tapiovaara began work as artistic director and designer at Asko Oy, the largest furniture manufacturer in Finland, and in 1941 he was hired as artistic and commercial director for the furniture company Keravan Puuteollisuus Oy. In 1946–47 Tapiovaara designed, together with his wife, Annikki Tapiovaara, furniture for Domus Academica, the new student housing facility in Helsinki. It was in that project the famous Domus Stacking Chair was designed. Ilmari Tapiovaara was a great admirer of Alvar Aalto's work, and he wanted to create products based on the same ideological premises. Tapiovaara embraced the principle of social equality of functionalism, and felt that architecture was the starting point of his design work. In addition to dozens of chairs and other furniture, mostly intended for public spaces, Tapiovaara also designed interiors for many banks, offices, hotels and showrooms starting in the 1940s. Ilmari Tapiovaara also worked abroad in various capacities. In 1952–53 he was employed as professor at the school of design of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and he also worked for a while in the office of Mies van der Rohe. In the late 1950s, he travelled to Paraguay, where he designed furniture on behalf of the UN development programme, and in the mid-1970s he worked in Mauritius in a similar project. He also worked in an expert capacity in Yugoslavia, participating in the development of a centre for furniture and joinery industry. He also designed furniture for clients in Italy and Sweden, among others. Ilmari Tapiovaara was awarded a total of six gold medals at the Milan Triennials in 1951, 1954, 1957, 1960 and 1964. He was awarded the Good Design Award in Chicago in 1951, the Pro Finlandia medal in 1959, the Finnish State Design Prize in 1971 and the Furniture Prize of the SIO Interior Architects' Association of Finland in 1990.

Features:
  • Bench
  • Seat material: Solid pine
  • Frame of lacquered solid birch
  • Pirkka collection

Dimensions:

17.3" H x 47.2" W x 10.6" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 23 Pounds
17.3" H x 59.1" W x 10.6" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 25 Pounds
17.3" H x 70.9" W x 10.6" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 29 Pounds
17.3" H x 94.5" W x 10.6" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 40 Pounds
17.3" H x 47.2" W x 10.6" D Size
  • Overall Product Weight: 23 Pounds
17.3" H x 59.1" W x 10.6" D Size
  • Overall Product Weight: 25 Pounds
17.3" H x 70.9" W x 10.6" D Size
  • Overall Product Weight: 29 Pounds
17.3" H x 94.5" W x 10.6" D Size
  • Overall Product Weight: 40 Pounds
Legs
  • Leg Height - Top to Bottom: 17.3 Inches
Additional Weights and Dimensions:
  • Seat Height: 17.3 Inches
  • Leg Material: WoodAssembly Required: Yes
    Bench Type: Kitchen benchRemovable Legs: Yes
    Arms Included: NoAdditional Parts Required: No
    Back Included: NoNumber of Items Included: 1
    Cushions Included: NoLid Included: No
    Slipcover: NoUpholstered: No
    Tray Included: NoStorage Included: No
    Material: WoodSolid Wood Construction: Yes
    Legs Included: YesHardware Material: Metal
    Commercial Use: YesFinish: 1: Birch
    Finish: 2: BrownFinish: 3: Pine
    Finish: 4: WhiteStyle: Modern
    Hand Painted: YesEco-Friendly: Yes
    Country of Manufacture: FinlandBaskets Included: No
    NOTE: This is a special-order item. As such, orders for this item cannot be cancelled once placed. To ensure your satisfaction, please call us with any questions you have prior to ordering.
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    Manufacturer Details
    Artek is renowned as one of the most innovative contributors to modern design. Long-term durability and high quality combined with a clean-lined form language are the essential elements in the creation of every single product that bears the Artek name. Artek's comprehensive furnishing system can be used in all kinds of situations from public spaces to offices, museums to schools, hotels to homes.

    Artek was founded in 1935 by four young Finns led by the visionary modern architect Alvar Aalto. Alvar Aalto, who began designing furnishings as a natural and important extension of his architectural thinking and success, created his first furniture in 1931-32 for the tuberculosis sanatorium at Paimio. This proved to be his international breakthrough. Artek was set up in 1935 to market Aalto's furniture, lamps and textiles, particularly on international markets where Artek focused its operations from the initial stages.

    Artek was more than a commercial enterprise; it also aimed at developing the expression of its founders' modernistic spirit. It was an industrial arts center where the art and design trends of the time converged. Artek's founders demonstrated a broad cultural outlook and a pioneering spirit. Through their efforts Artek became an unbiased discussion and events forum that could accommodate even radical approaches. Artek continues to function in the same spirit and has solidified its position as a timely center for design, keeping a close watch on today's evolving fashions, lifestyle changes and new developments in the industry.

    Artek remains at the forefront of quality and the best design. Artek's original values - long-term durability and high quality combined with a clean-lined form language - are still the company's driving forces. Even today, Artek's most important products are the furniture designed by Aalto and the company carries on the Aalto tradition and its spirit by renewing and re-issuing his designs, even occasionally in the form of a challenge to the master. In recent years the company has also extended its collection by taking on new designers following Alvar Aalto's footsteps.



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    OUR SKU # ARK1199 This item is also sometimes listed under the following manufacturer numbers: 200033, 200034, 200035, 200036, 200037, 200038, 200039, 200040, 200041, 200042, 200043, 200044, 200045, 200046, 200047, 200048, 200049, 200050, 200051, 200052

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