Chair ID (Finnish? Tapiovaara?)
As a modern furniture restorator I got a question concerning following chairs.
The original owner (who bought the chairs in the sixties/seventies in Finland) always thought these were a design of Ilmari Tapiovaara. But research didn't return anything.
They do vaguely resemble Tapiovaara's Domus chair, but they share also some style elements of the SE18 of Egon Eiermann.
@bj: I indeed checked the Artek route, without success yet
@jesgord: especially that horizontal bar between the legs is quite unique I think
As these chairs are bought in Finland 40-50 years ago, my best bet would be on a Finnish company. There's of course:
- Laukaan Puu
I think there is a case to be made for Tapiovaara ( http://www.designdealers.fi/page28.htm), but I don't know of any designs with stretchers. Maybe early Erik Kirkegaard ( http://orionsobjects.com/product_detail.php?id=184#top)?
I'm a sucker for these Scandinavian bent/curved back chairs, so I had to pick this up. I assumed it was most likely American made due to the the somewhat "chunky" frame, but I found an image in a Taschen book that appears to be the same chair. Is anyone familiar with this chair or have opinions on this attribution? I have not been able to find any images online to examine other angles and closeups.