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Mademoiselle rocking chair & lounge chair
Artek – Ilmari Tapiovaara, 1956

MADEMOISELLE Rocking & lounge chairs Ilmari Tapiovaara

A true Classic of Scandinavian design. The Mademoiselle rocking and lounge chairs is made from solid birch and was specifically developed for the home. Crafted using an age-old construction method, the spoke back contrasts strikingly with the smooth modernist curves of the seat’s softly rounded edge.

In creating the Mademoiselle, designer Ilmari Tapiovaara drew inspiration from traditional Finnish chairs, then applied his own modern design approach.

MADEMOISELLE Rocking & lounge chairs Ilmari Tapiovaara
MADEMOISELLE Rocking & lounge chairs Ilmari Tapiovaara

 Material solid birch, black stained or painted in white

MADEMOISELLE Rocking & lounge chairs Ilmari Tapiovaara
MADEMOISELLE Rocking & lounge chairs Ilmari Tapiovaara

Rocking Chair – White

Lounge chair – White

MADEMOISELLE Rocking & lounge chairs Ilmari Tapiovaara
MADEMOISELLE Rocking & lounge chairs Ilmari Tapiovaara

Rocking Chair – Black

Lounge chair – Black

MADEMOISELLE Rocking & lounge chairs Ilmari Tapiovaara
MADEMOISELLE Rocking & lounge chairs Ilmari Tapiovaara

Ilmari Tapiovaara

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.