Luxury Design, Past & Present
Unique wooden daybed / coffee table, manufactured by Laukaan Puu Finland around 1950.
It has a pine wooden base that on it's own can be used as a coffee table. Together with the mattress it makes a beautiful daybed. Both options make a beautiful piece that will really stand out in any interior. It is marked Laukaan Puu / Tapiovaara on the bottom of the base.
In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina.
Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914-1999) was a pioneer in the new design trade. He developed a unique aesthetic based on the remarkably international education he received from several of the masters of the mid-century style. While running his office in Helsinki, Tapiovaara went abroad to work for Alvar Aalto in Artek's London office in 1935, for Le Corbusier in Paris in 1937 and for Mies van der Rohe in Chicago in 1953. He laid the foundations for the development of incipient industrial design through his objects and writings, thus bridging the radicalism of early European rationalism and the realism of post-war objective needs. Tapiovaara's work contains crucial elements that arise out of a meticulous, laborious, precise investigation into the quest for perfection, the worship of beauty and the poetics of form.