Ilmari Tapiovaara Three-Seat Sofa with Leather Straps
Sofa and lounge chair, in teak and leather, by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Esposizione La Permanente Mobili manufactured by Paolo Arnaboldi, Italy, 1957.
This rare three-seat sofa and lounge chair by Finnish designer Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914-1999). This organic design features beautiful leather support strapping, which are an artwork in itself and also features full leather covers on the back. Nice brass details are visible on the wooden frame. The frame itself shows beautiful shapes and woodworking. Additional cushions are available on request. Ilmari Tapiovaara was a Finnish designer noted for his furnishings and textiles. This rare design was presented at the artisan workshop Esposizione Permanente Mobili - Palazzi dell'Artein Cantù Italy. It made its debut at the famous 1957 annual international Selettiva furnishing exhibition in 1957 in Cantu, Italy where it was entered in the living room category. There it won the second of the Gold Medal prizes. Interestingly enough the experts where very critical of the design as they believed that Arnaboldi did not understand all the new techniques that Tapiovaara suggested for his radical new design. Nowadays, it is seen as a sublime example of midcentury design from Finland.