Set of 4 vintage beechwood "Pirkka" dining chairs by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Laukaan Puu, 1950s

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A set of 4 original and early Ilmari Tapiovaara for Laukaan Puu, ’Pirkka’ dining chairs made from beech and pine by Laukaan Puu in Finland. We do also have a Pirkka dining table that would work very well with these chairs. Designed in 1955, The ’Pirkka’ series was produced between 1955-1962. Here, Tapiovaara combines his experience with inexpensive knock-down furniture with ideas from the Finnish vernacular tradition. The first item he designed in the range was a stool, and then he extended the ‘Pirkka’ series with chairs, a table, benches, cabinets and shelves. The ‘Pirkka’ dining chairs consist of solid wood. The slender legs with pointy feet lift up the seat that is made out of two pieces. Two slim rods hold a horizontal orientated backrest. All vertical parts are colored black and form a lovely contrast with the seat and backrest, which is stained pine wood. Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914-1999) was trained as an interior designer and graduated in 1937. He would call Alvar Aalto a strong influence. At the beginning of his career, during World War Two, Tapiovaara designed gear for the Finnish army, meaning that he became proficient at working with very common everyday materials such as local woods in Finland and the challenge was also to work with few tools without nails or screws. whilst working at the Domus Academica from 1946 -1947 he gained attention for a chair he designed, named “The Domus Chair”. Shortly after his wife and him went on to establish their own practice in 1951. In the following year he taught design at the Illinois Institute of Technology. After this he would do work in Paraguay and Mauritius on behalf of a United Nations development program. Further in 1959 he received the Order of the Lion of Finland’s "Pro-Finlandia medal",and in 1964 a gold medal at the Milan Triennial XIII for his Polar cutlery.He did much of his work for universities, schools, and also did a "Root Table" for the Finnish army.Furniture designs based on his sketches continued to be produced into the twenty-first century.

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About the designer

Ilmari Tapiovaara

1914 - 1999

Ilmari Tapiovaara is a great Scandinavian designer and interior designer from the 20th Century. He is famous for the creation of school, university and army pieces of furniture.

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