The beechwood Aslak Chair is as elegant as it is versatile. Stackable, lightweight, and eminently inviting, it fits equally well in restaurants, meeting rooms, or homes. Its short rounded armrests allow it to be pulled up easily to desks and dining tables, while its curved seat and backrest allow for hours of comfortable sitting. Sketched as early as 1946 by Ilmari Tapiovaara, it wasn’t manufactured until 1958, when technical advances made mass production possible. A pioneer of modern Finnish design, Tapiovaara sought to combine plasticity with economical use of materials – an aspiration the Aslak Chair perfectly achieves.
Seat and back formed beech plywood
Frame and legs Solid beech and form pressed beech plywood
Weight 4,9 kg
Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914-1999) is an important step in the development of Scandinavian design during the 20th century. After working with Alvar Aalto in London and Le Corbusier in Paris, he had Eero Aarnio and Yjrö Kukkapuro as assistants. One of his main focuses was the search of the optimal multi-purpose chair, like the Domus chair (or Finn) he drew for the student residence Domus Academica in Helsinki, which was used as office, conference and meals chair, while being stackable. From 1951 to 1960, Ilmari Tapiovaara received no less than 6 gold medals at the Triennale in Milan, more than any other designer.
His furniture is now produced by Artek, which gives it an new international visibility.