Yrjö Kukkapuro for Haimi Set of Eight Dining Chairs in Leather
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Yrjö Kukkapuro for Haimi, set of eight dining chairs model ‘415A’, black leather, fiberglass, aluminum, Finland 1960s
These organic shaped dining chairs were designed by the Finnish artist Yrjö Kukkapuro. The chair consists of a molded fiberglass shell. Fiberglass was a new material that came to Finland in late 50s. Because it was so new and unique, it was very expensive to use. The foot of the chair is made out of metal, while the seating consists of black leather. The lines and parts of this design are beautifully emphasized. Due to the fully black design, the chair has a very sleek, elegant feel.
Yrjö Kukkapuro is born in 1933 in Wyborg, Finland. Initially, Kukkapuro dreamt of becoming a painter. However, in 1956, he started his education in furniture design at the Institute of Applied Arts in Helsinki. After his studies, he opened his own studio in 1959 where he focused on designing functional furniture. In 1964, he designed his famous Karuselli lounge chair, which he was inspired by the imprint of himself in the snow. The chair is represented in well-known museums such as the MoMA in New York. From the 1970s onwards, he decided to fully center his attention on minimalistic designs. However, reacting on the postmodern trends of the eighties, his designs became more expressive. This is for instance visible in his “Experiment” collection. Throughout his career, Kukkapuro let his designs be manufactured by the Finish company Haimi, but in the eighties he chose a new company named Avarte. In his designs, Kukkapuro always choose functionality over form. He always sees it as his challenge to create functional, durable and comfortable furniture using as little material as possible.
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