Scandinavia Design

Ovalette coffee table 

Artek – Ilmari Tapiovaara, 1954

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Artek, Design Finlandais
OVALETTE coffee table Ilmari Tapiovaara 1954

Combining an oval table top with a dramatic crossed-leg frame, the Ovalette Table makes an elegant and striking addition to any room. The slim tapering legs evoke traditional Finnish design, while their diagonal setting draws the eye. Ilmari Tapiovaara wanted to ensure that his designs were lightweight and easy to transport; to that end, the table top is made from birch plywood with either an oak or walnut veneer. 

OVALETTE coffee table Ilmari Tapiovaara 1954
OVALETTE coffee table Ilmari Tapiovaara 1954

Table top solid birch lined by oak plywood and surface veneers. Frame solid oak.
Size H43 x L120 x W60 cm. Tabletop thickness 2.5mm.  

OVALETTE coffee table Ilmari Tapiovaara 1954


OVALETTE coffee table Ilmari Tapiovaara 1954


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.