Yrjö Kukkapuro Karuselli Lounge Chair in Leather & Light Blue Metallic
Yrjö Kukkapuro for Haimi, 'Karuselli' lounge chair, glass fibre reinforced polyester, chrome-plated steel, leather, Finland, designed 1963-1965
Designed by Finnish artist Yrjö Kukkapuro, this lounge chair exhibits an organic form. Crafted with a molded plastic shell and adorned with leather cushions, the chair exemplifies the innovative use of materials. The juxtaposition of deep black leather against a vibrant metallic blue shell creates a visually appealing combination. The design's lines and components are skillfully highlighted, enhancing its overall aesthetic appeal. Adding to its functionality, the chair's base features a swivel function, enabling a 360-degree rotation.
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.
Kindly take note that the swing mechanism does not function. For further details, we encourage you to reach out to our team of design specialists.
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