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"Maija Mehiläinen" Standing Lamp by Ilmari Tapiovaara, Finland, 1955

US$16,000

About

Designed in 1955, the Maija Mehiläinen (Maya the Bee) floor lamp is a simple, yet elegant piece. Tapiovaara's inspiration for this household lamp came from Maya the Bee herself, a friendly character from a 1912 German children’s book, that was also the basis to the widely acclaimed and loved comic strips. In his clear and simple design style, Tapiovaara created a column of small metal superimposed discs from which the light glows as if coming from a shimmering beehive. Thin brass knobs and tubes fixate the discs arranged in a symmetric and rhythmic way. The partially cane wrapped stem and brass rings just underneath the shades form a nice contrast with the white lacquered aluminum. The lamp is kept in place by its three-legged base with round shoes. The original long-tube incandescent bulb, spreading diffused warm light, can be turned on by pulling the small drawstring. This lamp was manufactured by Asko/Hienoteräs Finland. The interior is impressed with the manufacturer’s name: “HIENOTERAS”. Dimensions: 5.12 in Ø/ 18.11 in Ø x 54.73 in H 13 cm Ø /46 cm Ø x 139 cm H Literature: Asko: Satojen Mahdollisuuksien Mallistoa Tavoite Kotiin, sales catalogue, n.p. for the standard and table lamp Ornamo: Finsk Konst Industri, Helsinki, 1962, p. 50, fig. 200 for the table lamp About the designer: Ilmari Tapiovaara graduated in 1937 as an interior architect from the department of furniture design of the Central School of Arts & Crafts. Even before graduating, Tapiovaara went abroad to work for Alvar Aalto in Artek's London office in 1935. Right after completing his education Tapiovaara got a position of assistant at the office of Le Corbusier, in France. These were not the only times he learned from international masters; he also worked with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in Chicago, in 1953. Shipping: This standing lamp will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to make sure you will receive the work in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.

Details

  • Creator
    Ilmari Tapiovaara (Designer),Hienoterä (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 54.73 in. (139 cm)Diameter: 5.12 in. (13 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The work has some marks and minor scratches. Minor dents. Base has some stains, spots.
  • Seller Location
    Utrecht, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 201902211stDibs: LU2947324063382

Shipping & Returns

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    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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