Offered by: H. Gallery
Concordiastraat 68 - 127 Utrecht 3551EM , Netherlands Call Seller 0031302270051


Ilmari Tapiovaara Four "Pirkka" Dining Chairs for Laukaan Puu, Finland 1950s

$ 4,180
  • Description
    These “Pirkka” dining chairs are a beautiful example of Finnish modern design. Ilmari Tapiovaara triumphantly won several golden medals during the 1950s at the Milan Triennale for his projects, and he, alongside many others, brought Finnish design to a great peak. This set of dining chairs is a perfect combination of simplicity, functionality, and the organic aesthetic of that golden age. The chairs are made of natural wood with black painted elements, showcasing Tapiovaara's skill in creating visually interesting and durable furniture.

    The "Pirkka" chairs are known for their clean lines and minimalistic style, reflecting Tapiovaara's focus on functionalism and human-centred design principles. The seat and backrest, typically made from birch or pine, provide a comfortable and supportive sitting experience. They contrast nicely with the black-painted legs and back support spindles, creating a balanced and harmonious look. The seat is crafted from two solid wooden planks with slight curvature, and the backrest is made of a single, elegantly shaped wood piece. The outward-splayed legs add to the chair's stability and give it a slim, airy appearance, in line with Tapiovaara's belief that good design should be accessible and functional for everyday use.

    Ilmari Tapiovaara's influence and dedication to creating high-quality, functional furniture is evident in the "Pirkka" chairs. Inspired by modernism and Scandinavian design, these chairs embody simplicity, functionality, and use of natural materials. They aim to enhance the communal dining experience through skilled craftsmanship and timeless design, resonating with contemporary audiences and showcasing Tapiovaara's lasting impact on furniture design.

    In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use.

    14.96 in W x 15.35 in D x 30.32 in H; Seat height 16.54 in
    38 cm W x 39 cm D x 77 cm H; Seat height 42 cm

    About the designer:
    Ilmari Tapiovaara graduated in 1937 as interior architect from the department of furniture design of the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Even before graduating, Tapiovaara went abroad to work for Alvar Aalto in Artek's London office in 1935. Right after completing his education Tapiovaara got a position of assistant at the office of Le Corbusier, in France. These were not the only times he learned from international masters; he also worked with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in Chicago, in 1953. Read more about Ilmari Tapiovaara. ~H.

    These chairs will be packaged and shipped with the greatest care and attention to make sure you will receive the item in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.

    VAT normally applies and will be added to items when purchased by a European buyer or transported to a location within the EU.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: Finland
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Wood
    Condition: Good. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use.
    Creation Date: 1950s
    Number of Pieces: 4-5
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century
    Dealer Reference #: 20242361
    Incollect Reference #: 730136
  • Dimensions
    W. 14.96 in; H. 30.31 in; D. 15.35 in;
    W. 38 cm; H. 77 cm; D. 39 cm;
    Seat H. 16.54 in;
    Seat H. 42 cm;
Message from Seller:

Located in Utrecht, The Netherlands, H. Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary design with a strong focus on Brazil and Scandinavia. The gallery strives to preserve and promote especially Brazil's rich design heritage and curates a select group of contemporary artists. Meticulous research, ie getting in contact with the original designers, producers, their heirs, and retrieving and indexing old catalogues and magazines is at the heart of its activities. All works presented excel in great

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