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  • Domus chair upholstered, 1946, Ilmari tapiovaara, Artek
  • Domus chair upholstered, 1946, Ilmari tapiovaara, Artek
  • Domus chair upholstered, 1946, Ilmari tapiovaara, Artek
  • Domus chair upholstered, 1946, Ilmari tapiovaara, Artek
  • Domus chair upholstered, 1946, Ilmari tapiovaara, Artek
  • Domus chair upholstered, 1946, Ilmari tapiovaara, Artek
  • Domus chair upholstered, 1946, Ilmari tapiovaara, Artek

Domus chair upholstered, 1946

Domus chair designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek.

Please note: due to the foam used in its construction, this chair is available for contract use only.

He created the now-iconic Domus Chair in 1946 as a multipurpose seat for the Domus Academica student housing complex in Helsinki.

The pressed birch plywood seat and back were shaped to provide students comfort, while the stackable solid birch frame meant it could save space in hallways, conference rooms and auditoriums.

As Jukka Savolainen, director of the Helsinki Design Museum explained "Tapiovaara wanted good design for everyone. He did Ikea before Ikea, good quality pieces at an affordable price – the same kind of packaging and mass production ideas as Ikea has done."

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Domus chair designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek.

Please note: due to the foam used in its construction, this chair is available for contract use only.

He created the now-iconic Domus Chair in 1946 as a multipurpose seat for the Domus Academica student housing complex in Helsinki.

The pressed birch plywood seat and back were shaped to provide students comfort, while the stackable solid birch frame meant it could save space in hallways, conference rooms and auditoriums.

As Jukka Savolainen, director of the Helsinki Design Museum explained "Tapiovaara wanted good design for everyone. He did Ikea before Ikea, good quality pieces at an affordable price – the same kind of packaging and mass production ideas as Ikea has done."

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58w x 54d x 44.5/79cmh

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The Domus upholstered chair is available in a range of finishes: natural lacquered birch, black stained birch, honey stained birch, white stained birch or natural lacquered oak.

Upholstered in fabrics and leathers of the collection. Please click on the fabric name below for the link to manufacturer page and description:

Fabric cat. F80: Remix

Fabric cat. F100: Steelcut TrioTonus

Fabric cat. F140: Hallingdal

Fabric cat. F200: VidarZebraBalder

Leather cat. L40: Sorensen Prestige, Sorensen Victory (white only)

Leather cat. L60: Sorensen Elegance

Please see downloadable Fabric Guide for available fabric colours.

Pricing example is for an upholstered Domus lounge chair, an un-upholstered version is also available, please view 'More products in the range' below.

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