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Runar Engblom Armchair in Pink Velvet and Elm Wood, Hotel Vaakuna, Finland, 1951



This rare armchair was designed by Runar Engblom for the Vaakuna Hotel in Helsinki in 1951. The curved, round shape gives the chair a striking appearance. The organically shaped, outward bending back legs and the round, slighty tapered front legs are in elm wood. The chair has been recently reupholstered in a dusty pink velvet fabric, with a buttoned back and loose cushion following the original upholstery of the design. The Vaakuna hotel building in Helsinki w designed by the Finnish architect Erkki Huttunen in 1947. Runar Engblom was responsible for the interior furnishings while Paavo Tynell designed all the lighting. The opening ceremony of the hotel took place on 10 June 1952, right before the Olympic Games in Helsinki.


  • Creator
    Runar Engblom (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.71 in. (78 cm)Width: 26.38 in. (67 cm)Depth: 29.14 in. (74 cm)Seat Height: 18.12 in. (46 cm)
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Very good condition. Recently reupholstered.
  • Seller Location
    The Hague, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1803317864061

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    Ships From: The Hague, Netherlands
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