Ilmari Tapiovaara 'Maija the Bee' Floor Lamp with Brass Feet
Ilmari Tapiovaara for Hienoteräs, 'Maija the Bee' floor lamp, coated metal and brass, Finland, 1955
The line of Maija lights was designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara in 1955. He was inspired by the children’s book Maya the Bee, in particular the hive with its different layers. The result is the Maija lamp with the reclining discs showing the light is from a shimmering honeycomb. He developed several varieties and this particular piece features brass feet, which is a rare variety.
Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914-1999) was one of the most important Finnish interior architects and designers of his generation. He significantly shaped the international design of the 20th Century. His focus lay on purity in line and colour – simplicity without sterility. Respect for craft traditions but a constant focus on new technological experiments. He has a lot of attention for mass production, ‘to give better to more’, which led him to have interest in, for example, chromium plated tubular steel such as in the Kiki chair that had won the Gold Medal at the Milan Triennale of 1960.
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