• Kiki side table, 1960, Ilmari tapiovaara, Artek
  • Kiki side table, 1960, Ilmari tapiovaara, Artek
  • Kiki side table, 1960, Ilmari tapiovaara, Artek
  • Kiki side table, 1960, Ilmari tapiovaara, Artek
  • Kiki side table, 1960, Ilmari tapiovaara, Artek

Kiki side table, 1960

Kiki side table by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek.

Tapiovaara wanted to design inexpensive furniture for a broader audience. He made use of materials that were readily available in Finland in the 1940s, such as solid birch. During the 1950s, he began to develop multipurpose chairs made of steel tubing and plywood. 

Ilmari Tapiovaara designed Kiki in 1960. It was originally conceived as a chair whose stackability allowed it to be used to seat large groups. In the Kiki series, Tapiovaara employed a more clean-cut design idiom instead of the more organic style he had favoured previously. Instead of wood, he chose oval steel tubing as the structural and unifying element of the whole Kiki collection. 

Kiki was a success, establishing the current direction for furniture design at this time. Kiki’s timeless and elegant design aesthetic has made it one of the most popular pieces of public furniture in Finland.

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Kiki side table by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek.

Tapiovaara wanted to design inexpensive furniture for a broader audience. He made use of materials that were readily available in Finland in the 1940s, such as solid birch. During the 1950s, he began to develop multipurpose chairs made of steel tubing and plywood. 

Ilmari Tapiovaara designed Kiki in 1960. It was originally conceived as a chair whose stackability allowed it to be used to seat large groups. In the Kiki series, Tapiovaara employed a more clean-cut design idiom instead of the more organic style he had favoured previously. Instead of wood, he chose oval steel tubing as the structural and unifying element of the whole Kiki collection. 

Kiki was a success, establishing the current direction for furniture design at this time. Kiki’s timeless and elegant design aesthetic has made it one of the most popular pieces of public furniture in Finland.

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60w x 60d x 42cmh

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Black painted steel frame with a choice of laminate or veneer top.

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Artek was founded in 1935 by four young idealists, Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl.

Artek was founded in 1935 by four young idealists, Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl.

The business idea of the company was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other educational means.” Today Artek is renowned as being one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, building on the heritage of Alvar Aalto. Functionality and timeless aesthetics are the essential elements in the creation of every product that bears the Artek name. Artek’s furniture can be found in various types of spaces; from public spaces to homes, museums to schools and hotels to offices.

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