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

Domus chair, 1946

Domus stackable chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek.

The now-iconic Domus Chair in 1946 was created 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 stackable chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek.

The now-iconic Domus Chair in 1946 was created 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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57.5w x 54d x 45/79cmh

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Available in a range of finishes: natural lacquered, black stained, honey stained or white stained birch, or natural lacquered oak.
Upholstered version also available, please enquire for details.

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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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