Lukki Chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek281 016 01
The simply styled Lukki Chair is part of a relaunch of Tapiovaara's Lukki series designed from 1951-1956. A Finnish word meaning "daddy", the armchair is a light-weight structure featuring plywood seating and a leggy bent metal tube frame. Stackable and versatile, this chair was designed for frequent use with high arms, reinforced with plywood arm pads, and a comfortably shaped seat pan.
Tapiovaara designed several versions of the chair, which interior architect and designer Ilmari Tapiovaara originally conceived as a competition entry for the design of furniture for student housing at the Helsinki University of Technology. Tapiovaara won the competition, which marked the beginning of the Lukki series, and a period in which Tapiovaara designed many multipurpose chairs. The collection's lanky tube frames offer meaning to its name, which translates to "daddy" in Finnish, recalling the tall legs of a daddy long leg spider. Replacing solid wood, Tapiovaara used the metal in tandem with bent plywood to achieve versatile, durable designs.