Designed by Yrjö Kukkapuro
Product code: 991188
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Yrjo Kukkapuro Model 418 armchair c. 1964
The 418 armchair formed part of a family of innovative, individual and ergonomic designs, which included the now iconic Model 412 ‘Karuselli’ chair.
The range of designs fulfilled separate functionalities and price points, with both lounge and dining chairs. The larger 412 provided a fully upholstered rocking and swiveling motion, whilst the slightly smaller 418 extended to a fully reclining option, with deeper upholstery. More upright and fixed arm and side chairs completed the range.
Kukkapuro was an early proponent of the science of ergonomics and all his designs paid particular attention to posture and comfort. The 418 shared the common aesthetic for an exposed, painted fibreglass shell, with multi-foot pedestal. The design for the gearing to fix and lock the reclining position meant this model was costly to engineer, and with the thick and removable upholstery the price point was focussed towards the very upper end of the market.
Model 418 was produced for a limited period by Haimi Oy. The design provides a high level of comfort and proved highly influential, spawning a host of similar designs, that failed to meet the progressive qualities of the iconic postwar classic.
Professor Kukkapuro was acknowledged as Honorary Royal Designer for Industry in 2002 and he has been awarded prizes internationally. His work is represented in the V&A, MOMA and Vitra Design Museum. He began his career working for Ilmari Tapiovaara and went on to become a central figure in Finnish Functionalism. His research into ergonomic design is highly respected.
“Does it make any sense to design a chair which is not good to sit on?”
60w x 55d x 38/76cmh
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