Ilmari Tapiovaara 'Pirkka' Sideboard in Pine
Ilmari Tapiovaara for Laukaan Puu, Pirkka Sideboard, beech, green vinyl, pine, Finland, 1950s.
This cabinet is designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara. This sideboard was manufactured by Laukaan Puu Finland in the late 1950s as a limited edition. 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 wood, this particular cabinet features a dark varnished pine and beech structure with green doors and ebonized legs.
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.