Crinolette Armchair

design Ilmari Tapiovaara

This elegant armchair with a distinctive, memorable shape was designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara. Made of solid birch, the armchair features a traditional spoke back attached to a sloping curved rail and a wide seat with a softly rounded edge. Its name playfully refers to the structured, hooped petticoats fashionable in the 19th century, whose shape the chair resembles. 

Materials Seat, back and frame in solid birch

Crinolette Armchair
2220 €

Ilmari Tapiovaara

lmari 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.