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Ilmari Tapiovaara, “Marski Chair”, Chair in fiberglass, upholstered with red cotton sheeting Postformed oak plywood base with brass feet, Created for Helsinki’s Marski Hotel, Laukkanpuu workshop, Finland,1960,
Finnish designer Tapiovaara designed the Marski Chair for the Marski Hotel in Helsinki. The designer marries attention to the ergonomics of the seat, and its adjustable headrest, with functionality.
Eric Philippe opened his gallery in the center of Paris in 1980. An expert in twentieth-century furniture, he specializes in European and North American design from 1920 to 1980. The gallery has presented more than thirty major exhibitions since its first, which was devoted to Jean- Michel Frank. The exhibitions feature architects and designers or artistic movements and each is accompanied by a published catalogue. The most recent shows have focused on Axel Einar Hjorth, Swedish Grace, Paavo Tynell, Finnish Design, and American Modernism of James Mont and Paul László. Eric Philippe is mindful of showing styles and specialties of each period or movement based on leading designers, such as Alvar Aalto, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gio Ponti and Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings.
H. 83 cm, L. 64 cm, P. 61 cm. Courtesy of Galerie Eric Philippe.
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.
61.0 x 83.0 x 64.0 cm (24.0 x 32.7 x 25.2 in)
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