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Maija Mehiläinen Table Lamp by Ilmari Tapiovaara , Finland 1955

Documentation Documented elsewhere (similar item)
Origin Finland
Period 1950-1979
Materials Painted steel, brass
H. 19.69 in; Diam. 7.48 in;
H. 50 cm; Diam. 19 cm;
Condition Good. The white lacquered shades have a (beautiful) yellow hue, some marks and scratches on the shades. Item has a small repair on the inside that has been done in the past.
Creation Date 1955
Description Designed in 1955 the Maija Mehiläinen (Maya the bee) table lamp is a deliciously simple and elegant piece. Tapiovaara's inspiration for his only household lamp came from Maya the Bee, a friendly character from a 1912 German children’s book, that also was the basis to the widely acclaimed comic strips and translated as Maija in Finland.

In his clear and simple design style, Tapiovaara created a column of small metal superimposed discs from which the light glows as if coming from a shimmering honeycomb.⠀Manufactured by Asko/Hienoteräs, Finland.

Interior impressed with ‘HIENOTERAS’.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern, Scandinavian Modern
Catalog References Pekka Korvenmaa, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Salamanca, 1997, front cover and p. 415, figs. 407-408, and p. 195, fig. 471
Incollect Reference Number 266580
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