Domus chair



Ilmari Tapiovaara, 1946

Price group 1 : Remix, H55 (Artek)
Price group 2 : Steelcut Trio, Sunniva, Hallingdal, Tonica, Tonus
Price group 3 : Zebra (Artek)
Price group 4 : leather Sörensen Prestige
Price group 5 : leather Sörensen Elegance

upholstered chair

wooden seat

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The Domus Chair can be upholstered with a wide range of fabrics and leathers, with a lead time of 6-8 weeks. We have fabric samples to help you, we will gladly send them freely to you (against deposit). Do not hesitate to contact us to talk directly of your project.
The award-winning Domus Chair was designed in 1946 by Finnish designer and interior architect Ilmari Tapiovaara for the student housing complex Domus Academia in Helsinki. The original chair was made in wood – the only available material in post-war Finland – and intented for reading and general use. By combining solid wood and form-pressed plywood, Tapiovaara created a chair that conformed to the body in a new and highly comfortable way. The characteristic short armrests of the Domus Chair offer a surprising degree of support, while simultaneously allowing the chair to be pulled close to a table.
The Domus Chair was initially delivered from the factory in pieces for the retailer or end customer to assemble, which explain the visible screws in Tapiovaara's original design. The lightweight, stackable, and multi-purpose Domus quickly gained success in Finland and abroad. Its international recognition eventually made Domus the first successful post-war design export from Finland. Sold in the United States as the "Finnchair", its popularity led to numerous awards, such as the American Good Design Award, which Tapiovaara received in Chicago in 1950 and the Gold medal at the Milan Triennale in 1951.                                                                                                                                                         
Seat and backrest: plywood. Base and armrests: solid wood. Available in natural birch, birch-honey,  oak, black stained birch and white lacquered. The chair can be fully or half upholstered in leather or fabric. Stackable.
Dimensions W58 x D54 x H79 cm – Seat height 45 cm
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