Lukki Chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek

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.

View the Lukki Chair Collection here.

  • Design: Ilmari Tapiovaara 
  • Manufacturer: Artek
  • Made in Finland
  • Year: 1954
  • Material: Painted steel tube, pressed birch plywood with beech veneer
  • Dimensions: H 29" x D 20" x W 22"
  • Seat Height: 17" 
  • Arm Height: 26.3"
  • Usually ships within 12-14 weeks. Email for current lead time.

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