Ilmari Tapiovaara Pirkka Finnstool 1950s
Ilmari Tapiovaara for Laukaan Puu, Pirkka stool, beech, pine, Finland, 1950s.
This stool is designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara. This stool was manufactured in the late 1950s. The stool was the first item from the Pirkka range, and was originally designed as a Sauna stool for cooling off after a bath. Later, the stool was exported as the quintessential Finnish design icon and fittingly named the 'Finnstool'. The Pirkka range was designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara as a combination of ideas taken from the Finnish vernacular tradition and of Tapiovaara's earlier experiences in inexpensive knock-down furniture. The pieces were meant for large audience who lived in small- and medium-sized homes. The whole range was constructed in solid wood, this particular stool features a dark varnished pine and beech structure with ebonized legs.
Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914-1999) was trained as an interior designer and at the beginning of his career, during WWII, 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.
- Korvenmaa, Pekka. Tapiovaara. Salamanca: Tesitex, 1997, p. 134 - 137