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Authentic Pirkka Stool in Birch and Pine by Ilmari Tapiovaara & Artek

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The Pirkka Stool was originally conceived as a seat on which to cool-off after the sauna. Its design draws on traditional Finnish furniture while being perfectly suited to clean modern interiors. Its legs are made of solid birch, its seat composed of two pieces of curved pinewood. The opening in the middle of the seat serves as a handle to easily move the stool. Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914-1999) was one of the greatest interior architects and designers of his era. With the mind of an explorer and the soul of a craftsman, Tapiovaara was always looking for new solutions to improve everyday objects. During his long career, Tapiovaara created dozens of iconic objects loved by the public; it is often said that he captured the essence of Finnish identity. Tapiovaara graduated from the Department of Furniture Design at the Central School of Applied Arts in Helsinki in 1937. After completing his studies, he worked as an assistant at Le Corbusier’s office in Paris before becoming artistic director and designer at Asko Oy, then one of Finland’s largest furniture manufacturers. From 1946-1947, Tapiovaara designed furniture together with his wife Annikki for Domus Academica, the new student housing facility in Helsinki. It was in the course of this project that the famous Domus Chair was born. For non-US pricing, please inquire stating your country of residence. We will respond with an updated price and estimated lead-time. 

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  • Dimensions
    H 18.51 in. x W 17.72 in. x D 16.93 in.H 47 cm x W 45 cm x D 43 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Seller Reference Number
    28001001
  • Reference Number
    LU3601310422883
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Artek was founded in Helsinki in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. Their goal was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means.” The name Artek is a synthesis of "art" and ‘technology’ – concepts central to the international modernist movement that came to prominence in the 1920s. It was Walter Gropius, a key proponent of modernism, who coined the motto ‘art and technology – a new unity.’ Technology was understood to include science and industrial production methods, while the conception of art extended beyond the fine arts to encompass architecture and design. Modernism aimed to achieve a fruitful union of these two spheres. This same aspiration guided the founders of Artek in their naming of the company. In keeping with the radical spirit of its founders, Artek today remains an innovative player in the world of modern design, developing new products at the intersection of design, architecture, and art. The Artek collection consists of furniture, lighting, and accessories designed by Finnish masters and leading international designers. It stands for clarity, functionality, and poetic simplicity.

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