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Ilmari Tapiovaara, Interior Architect

27 March - 31 July 2001

Designer: Ilmari Tapiovaara

Finnish designer Ilmari Tapiovaara is quoted as saying, "As a doctor should preserve life, so a designer must everywhere further progress." Working closely with his son Timo Tapiovaara, R has assembled a premier collection of iconic and influential furniture from this forward thinking master of mid-century design.

The exhibition features unique, never-before-seen pieces such as a table designed and crafted by Tapiovaara during WWII. Made from fir and pine planks and roots while he was stationed in Karelia in eastern Finland, the table is a triumph of design by hand made from available natural resources. Other highlights from the exhibition include a bedroom suite designed for the Domus Academy, Helsinki, 1946-47 as well as a chair and stool designed for the MoMA Low-Cost competition in 1947-48.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full color catalogue written by leading Finnish design scholar Pekka Korvenmaa.


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