OFFERED BY
Concordiastraat 68 - 144 Utrecht 3551EM Netherlands 0031302270051
Email Dealer

Showrooms

$ 7,790

Three-Seater Sofa by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Paolo Arnaboldi, Italy 1957

Documentation Ample Provenance
Origin Italy
Period 1950-1979
Materials Leather, wood
Dimensions
W. 77.95 in; H. 29.53 in; D. 31.5 in;
W. 198 cm; H. 75 cm; D. 80 cm;
Seat H. 9.84 in;
Seat H. 25 cm;
Condition Good. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The leather has a beautiful patina. Leather and wood have some marks and scratches.
Creation Date 1957
Description This rare three-seater sofa by Finnish deisgner Ilmari Tapiovaara for Paolo Arnaboldi was a commission of the Italian manufacturer La Permanente Mobili Cantù in 1957. The production of this model was short and ceased in the 1960s.

This mid-century design premiered at the “Seconda Mostra Selettiva e Concorso Internazionale del Mobile’” in Cantù, Italy in the same year, and won the gold medal for ‘Living Room Design’. It is easy to see why Tapiovaara’s design was generously awarded in Italy: from the leather support straps to the elegant brass details, this three-seater sofa has a modern yet organic look paired with exquisite Italian craftsmanship in its execution.

This three-seater comes with its original pillows. We would however strongly recommend to have them redone. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for the best possibilities, for as we work with some of the best upholsterers in the Netherlands.

Condition:
In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The leather has a beautiful patina. Leather and wood have some marks and scratches.

Dimensions:
77.96 in W x 31.5 in D x 29.53 in H; Seat height 9.84 in
198 cm W x 80 cm D x 75 cm H; Seat height 25 cm

Exhibitions:
Gold medal for living room design - 'Seconda Mostra Selettiva e Concorso Internazionale del Mobile’ Cantù, Italy 1957

Literature:
‘Rivista Dell Arredamento’, September 1958, article ‘Vetrina' unpaginated , image 10
1957 ‘Seconda Mostra Selettiva e Concorso Internazionale del Mobile’ original exhibition catalogue, p 14 .

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.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern
Catalog References 1957 ‘Seconda Mostra Selettiva e Concorso Internazionale del Mobile’ original exhibition catalogue, p 14 .
Article References ‘Rivista Dell Arredamento’, September 1958, article ‘Vetrina' unpaginated , image 10
Dealer Reference Number 20180166
Incollect Reference Number 418786
Sign In To View Price close

You must Sign In to your account to view the price. If you don’t have an account, please Create an Account below.

Loading...
Loading... Loading...
  • This website uses cookies to track how visitors use our website to provide a better user experience. By continuing to browse this website, you are agreeing to our cookie policy
    Ok
Join InCollect close

Join to view prices, save favorites, share collections and connect with others.

Forgot Password?
  • Be the first to see new listings and weekly events
    Invalid Email. Please try again.
    Enter