Ilmari Tapiovaara Armchairs 'Domus' in Beech and Patinated Leather
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Ilmari Tapiovaara, armchairs model 'Domus', beech, leather, Finland, design 1953
Early 'Domus' armchairs by Ilmari Tapiovaara. The frame is made from solid beech wood and the seat and backrest are upholstered in a patinated leather This model was designed with high attention to details, as seen in the curved armrests and solid legs. The combination of the grain and lacquer create an interesting pattern on the back and seating of the chairs. Ilmari Tapiovaara designed this chair for the Domus Academica student housing complex in Helsinki.
Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914-1999) was trained as an interior designer and at the beginning of his career, during world war II, Tapiovaara designed gear for the Finnish army, meaning that he got used to work to work with very common materials such as local woods and no nails or screws where available. Later in his career he founded his own practice with his wife and had many assignments for schools and universities.
Please note that patina both on the leather as well as the frames contributes to the authentic look of the chairs. The leather shows strong signs of use and the foam of seat and backrest should be renewed before shipping.