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Kiki bench, 1960

Designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara
Manufactured by Artek
Product code: ARE-28501000*

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Kiki bench designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek.

Please note: this bench is available for contract use only. Please enquire to purchase.

Tapiovaara wanted to design inexpensive furniture for a broader audience. He made use of materials that were readily available in Finland in the 1940s, such as solid birch. During the 1950s, he began to develop multipurpose chairs made of steel tubing and plywood. 

Ilmari Tapiovaara designed Kiki in 1960. It was originally conceived as a chair whose stackability allowed it to be used to seat large groups. In the Kiki series Tapiovaara employed a more clean cut design idiom instead of the more organic style he had favoured previously. Instead of wood, he chose oval steel tubing as the structural and unifying element of the whole Kiki collection. 

Kiki was a success, establishing the current direction for furniture design at this time. Kiki’s timeless and elegant design aesthetic has made it one of the most popular pieces of public furniture in Finland.
Black painted steel frame with polyurethane foam and polyestser wadding seat. Available 3 sizes.

Upholstered in fabrics and leathers of the collection.

1 seater - 60w x 54d x 39cmh
2 seater - 116w x 54d x 39cmh
3 seater - 173w x 54d x 39cmh

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