Authentic Trienna Table in Birch Finish by Imari Tapiovaara & Artek For Sale
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Authentic Trienna Table in Birch Finish by Imari Tapiovaara & Artek


This incredibly distinctive table is formed from three sheets of pressed birch veneer. The hexagonal table top is supported by three triangular legs. The seams between the pieces create a beautiful pattern on the table top. Lightweight and easy to transport, the Trienna Table is elegant by itself or as a fine centrepiece for creating exciting combinations. 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. Tapiovaara was a great admirer of Alvar Aalto’s work, and he wanted to create products based on the same ideological premises. Embracing the principle that functionalism goes hand in hand with social equality, Tapiovaara felt that architecture was the starting point of his design work. Over his lifetime, Tapiovaara won a total of six gold medals at the Milan Triennale, in addition to many other prestigious architecture and design awards.   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 15.25 in. x W 27.5 in. x D 24.5 in.H 38.74 cm x W 69.85 cm x D 62.23 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Seller Reference Number
    283 038 01 Q
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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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