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Mid Century Dining Chairs By Ilmari Tapiovaara Circa 1960s
Product code #OA1174
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- All prices inc VAT
- All prices inc UK shipping
- Price is per chair
- Steamed teak ply seats
- Black stick back and legs
- Designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara
- Finnish ~ 1960s
- 42cm wide x 42cm deep x 84cm tall
- 44cm seat height
Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914-1999) was a renowned Finnish interior architect and designer. In his designs, Tapiovaara always sought to create a humane, well-lit and warm dwelling environment. Tapiovaara’s furniture pieces designed were always part of a whole, with the architecture as their starting point.
Ilmari Tapiovaara graduated in 1937 as interior architect from the department of furniture design of the Central School of Arts and Crafts. After graduating, he visited the Paris World’s Fair and during his stay in France he got an assistant’s position for six months at the office of Le Corbusier. Soon after coming back to Finland, Tapiovaara was hired by the Asko company, Finland’s largest furniture factory, where he worked as a designer and artistic director for a few years. Alongside dozens of chairs and other furniture pieces mostly for public premises, Tapiovaara also designed interiors for numerous banks, offices, hotels and shops since the 1940s. His most famous designs include TT40 table, Tale stool, Trienna table, Mademoiselle chair and rocking chair.
Of all materials, wood was the closest to Tapiovaara’s heart. The designer admired the works of Alvar Aalto and wanted to carry on Aalto’s ideas in his own design work. This was evident in applying wood to the idiom of functionalism and industrial production and in the fact that Tapiovaara adopted the principle of social equality of functionalism. Tapiovaara was also a teacher at the department of interior design at the Institute of Applied Arts and at the Helsinki University of Technology, where he sought to reform teaching towards industrial product design with the aid of international examples.
Ilmari Tapiovaara was awarded a total of six Gold Medals at the Milan Triennials of 1951, 1954, 1957, 1960 and 1964. He also received the Good Design Award in Chicago in 1951, Pro Finlandia medal in 1959, Finnish State Design Prize in 1971 and Furniture Prize of the SIO Interior Architects’ Association of Finland in 1990.
All of the chairs are sturdy and have been given a coat of hard wax oil. There are some minor bits of cosmetic wear, one chair has a small scuff at the front and there a few other small age marks here and there.
As with all of our products this product is an original piece and has lived a life before it arrived at Otto's HQ. It has been sympathetically restored by the Otto's team to ensure it has a life for many more years to come. All of our products will show signs of patina and cosmetic wear, this we believe is what gives our products their unique charm. If you have any further questions regarding the condition of this product or any others please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
We offer a 14 day returns policy, buyer pays return postage. Item must be returned with a reputable courier and must arrive back in the condition it was sent out. No international returns under any circumstances.
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Large items will delivered by private courier or pallet service, so please allow a longer delivery and dispatch time. Please note, for pallet deliveries, the driver will provide a 'to the door' service - it is the customer's responsibility to ensure there is someone available at the address to bring the item indoors. If you require assistance with this you must inform us prior to shipping, so that we can use a more appropriate service of which there may be an additional charge.
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We offer a 14 day returns policy (UK only), buyer pays return postage. Item must be returned with a reputable courier and must arrive back in the condition it was sent out. No international returns.
We cannot be held responsible for any shipping delays in regards to customs clearance or if an incomplete address was provided.