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Artek Kiki Lounge Chair

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artek
Starting at: $2,191.00 CAD
$2,191.00 CAD

Description

Tapiovaara wanted to design inexpensive furniture for broader audience. He made use of materials that were readily available in Finland in the 1940s, such as solid birch. Later in the 1950s, he began to develop multipurpose chairs made of steel tubing and plywood. Ilmari MORE INFO

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DesignerKvadrat
Material
  • New Wool Worsted90%
  • Nylon10%

Remix is a woollen upholstery fabric, created by the acclaimed Italian designer Giulio Ridolfo.

Remix is made from melange yarns, with each thread consisting of three different colours. For each colourway, two different threads are used. The result is irregular colours playing across the surface of the fabric. It is available in many colours, ranging from burnt reds and oranges, dusty blues and greens and subtle charcoal tones to natural shades of yellow, beige and sand.

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DesignerKvadrat
Material
  • New Wool Worsted92%
  • Nylon8%

Clara 2 is a colour update of Clara, a woollen upholstery fabric designed by Anne Birgitte Hansen.

Clara is available in sets of reverse colourways. One version is unicoloured and interwoven with melange stitching, while the other is with unicolour stitching on a melange background.

The melange yarns add depth to the look of Clara and combine to vibrant effect with the unicolour yarns. The fabric, which changes appearance according to the position of the viewer, projects a strong sense of volume and richness.

The new colourways add further bold tones, such as golden yellow and deep magenta, as well as more understated, earthy shades, like anthracite, to the palette. In doing so, they ensure that versatile Clara offers an even greater number of opportunities for mixing and matching.

While Clara is clearly suited for use in pairs, it also works very well with other melange and unicoloured textiles, thanks to its flexible design and colourways. It is suitable for both contract and private use.

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DesignerKvadrat
Material
  • New Wool68%
  • Cotton26%
  • Nylon6%

The subtly variegated colours of Balder bring an inviting softness to upholstered furniture. Originally designed by Fanny Aronsen, and now available in new colourways developed by Raf Simons, Balder is woven from several different tones of thread in an apparently irregular weave pattern that creates subtle fluctuations in colour across the surface of the fabric.

Ranging from fresh and directional to reassuringly classic and rich, the key colourways of Balder are based around greens, greys, purples, pinks and yellow. In some instances the base colour is combined with a top note colour—in one a pink is woven together with a vibrant orange, in another with a vibrant green—with refreshing, but surprisingly understated results.

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DesignerKvadrat
Material
  • New Wool58%
  • Viscose25%
  • Linen8%
  • Nylon5%
  • Polyester4%

Bringing a painterly use of colour to the interior, Sunniva blends colours and surface textures to create a fabric that from a distance appears to be a rich, even tone, but close-to, reveals something more complex. Each colourway in the Sunniva range brings together two tones of wool, woven in a fine, flat, tweed-like pattern, and which is given a glossy top note by the addition of a small quantity of polyamide.

The wide range of colours includes a collection of natural woollen tones that have been pepped up with zesty lemons, sherbet pinks and cerise. Blended greys range from the softest blend with a warm pastel pink, through soft neutral greys to deeper blended tones of charcoal shot through with midnight blue. The more intense blends interweave complex tones of orange, and deep pink, indigo and lemon yellow.

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DesignerKvadrat
Material
  • New Wool70%
  • Viscose30%

Kvadrat’s first textile ‘Hallingdal’ has become the archetype of woollen textiles. The very durable upholstery fabric was originally designed in 1965 by Nanna Ditzel, and is now available in a version with an updated colour scale: Hallingdal 65.

Hallingdal 65 is made of wool and viscose, which complement each other well: the wool provides excellent durability and flexibility, whilst the viscose adds brilliance and depth to the colour. Both materials are dyed before they are spun, which highlights the rich texture of the fabric. The versatile palette includes neutral and strong, primary colours, as well as the designer’s favourite hues: turquoise and pink.

Hallingdal has been continually produced by Kvadrat since the company was established. To this day, it remains one of the best selling textiles of the Kvadrat collection. Over the years, the versatile design has been used in a wide variety of interiors, including private homes, hospitals, airports and trains.

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DesignerKvadrat
Material
  • New Wool Worsted90%
  • Nylon10%

Steelcut Trio 2 is a hardwearing upholstery textile, which has the same construction as Steelcut 2. Designed by Frans Dijkmeijer and coloured by Giulio Ridolfo, it is now available in a wider choice of colours.

Like Steelcut 2, Steelcut Trio 2 features an innovative weave, which gives the fabric a three-dimensional surface resembling small pyramids or steel points and, despite the complexity of the weave, a simple and precise expression.

The difference between Steelcut Trio 2 and Steelcut 2 lies in the way they are coloured. Unlike Steelcut 2, Steelcut Trio 2 is yarn-dyed and made from 3 differently coloured yarns, often with very bright tones on the warp and lighter tones on the weft. This combination not only accentuates the three dimensional character of the weave, it also adds life to the fabric: though it looks unicoloured from a distance, different shades are revealed as the viewer gets nearer.

Giulio Ridolfo designed these shades by exploring the complex visual effects created by working with three different coloured yarns.

The new palette explores ‘the beauty and intensity’ of the fabric, and includes fresh whites, neutral skin tones, glassy light blues, terracotta, clay, dark indigos and unpredictable blacks. Giulio Ridolfo: ‘I concentrated on the most “iridescent” aspects of light, as I was looking for a rainbow effect. I paid particular attention to making every colour nuance vibrant.’

Tricoloured Steelcut Trio 2 combines well with unicoloured Steelcut 2. For example, upholstering a chair with Steelcut 2 on the seat and Steelcut Trio on back creates a particularly bold and contemporary look.

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DesignerKvadrat
Material
  • New Wool100%

After a period with stark, simple, single-colour design as the main trend in architecture and interior design, Kvadrat chose to go for a more warm, soft and human style within the contract furnishing market. This is where mélange upholstery fabric was launched.

Kvadrat very successfully introduced the Tundra and Flora mélange woollen upholstery fabrics in 1997. In 2000, the company presented Tonica, a mixed wool furniture fabric specially designed for the office furniture sector, which retains its look and feel even during hard everyday wear in offices.

The main requirement of Tonica was to obtain a blend in the surface of the fabric while retaining the solid colour expression, so that you get a clear and vivid colour shadowed with black.

The colours of Tonica are created, by doing both a light grey and a dark grey mélange in the same colours.

In music, “tonika” is the keynote in a scale, a note where you feel “at home” because the melody in the mode concerned often ends on tonika. This feeling is elegantly transferred to the upholstery Tonica, which exactly expresses something safe and comfortable.

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DesignerKvadrat
Material
  • New Wool90%
  • Helanca10%

Tonus 4 is a colour update of Tonus, an elastic upholstery fabric by late textile artist Nina Koppel. Ideal for modern organic furniture and characterised by rare colour richness.

The story behind Tonus starts at the end of the 1960s, when the furniture manufacturer Kevi A/S introduced the Jørgen Rasmussen office chair. The chair was in a sculptural form, which made upholstering it complex and expensive. The search for a stretchable fabric began and this led to the development of Tonus.

Now recognised as a classic textile, Tonus brings colours to life in vibrant, precise fashion. Building on this characteristic, the intensity and brightness of all the colours have been increased.

The new earthy, golden tones in the palette are taken from Nina Koppel’s original colour archive. They show her brilliant sense of colour, which reflects that she mastered all facets of the colour design from the warm tones associated with spices and Oriental mysticism, to the cooler Nordic aquamarine colours.

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DesignerKvadrat
Material
  • New Wool94%
  • Nylon6%

Woven from bouclé yarns with a regular loop size, Vidar has a deep, tight, large-grained texture that lends itself particularly well to the graphic use of colour in upholstery. Originally designed by Fanny Aronsen, Vidar has been re-coloured by Raf Simons, with shades ranging from fresh jade green, raspberry pink and iris blue through to brick and earth tones, and easy neutrals.

The gentle satin surface finish of the weave contrasts with the deep shadowy tones in the depths, giving a multifaceted richness to the intense colours in the range. Tightly woven, without the irregularities of the other bouclé fabrics within this collection, Vidar has an inviting texture, which variously recalls blackberries, orange peel or the comforting close-knit texture of a favourite sweater.

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$2,191.00 CAD
Description

Details

Tapiovaara wanted to design inexpensive furniture for broader audience. He made use of materials that were readily available in Finland in the 1940s, such as solid birch. Later in the 1950s, he began to develop multipurpose chairs made of steel tubing and plywood.

Ilmari Tapiovaara designed Kiki in 1960. It was originally conceived as a chair whose stackability allowed it to be used to seat large groups, such as in auditoriums. In the Kiki series Tapiovaara employed a more clean cut design idiom instead of the more organic style he had favoured previously. Instead of wood, he chose oval steel tubing as the structural and unifying element of the whole Kiki collection.

Kiki was a success, establishing the current direction for furniture design at this time. Kiki’s timeless and elegant design idiom has made it one of the most popular pieces of public furniture in Finland.

MATERIALS:

  • Frame, lacquered black steel
  • Seat and back, polyurethane foam and polyester wadding

MEASUREMENTS:

  • Max Height: 68 cm / 26.75 Inch
  • Height to Seat: 39 cm / 15.5 Inch
  • Width: 60 cm / 23.5 Inch
  • Depth: 75 cm / 29.5 Inch
Brand
Artek

Artek was founded in 1935 by Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The business idea of the company was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other educational means.” That was the beginning of Artek.

The Artek collection comprises design furniture and lighting fixtures by the Nordic masters Alvar Aalto, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Tapio Wirkkala and Eero Aarnio. The latest addition to the portfolio consists of products by Yrjö Kukkapuro. The masterpiece of Kukkapuro, the Karuselli chair, will be
re-launched on the market in the beginning of the year 2014. In addition to classics, Artek is also launching new generation design products under the Artek Studio brand. Alvar Aalto’s furniture represents an interpretation of Scandinavian modernism articulated primarily in Finnish birch wood. Wood and functionality are both hallmarks of the Artek collection. The Artek portfolio represents the most comprehensive collection of wooden design furniture in the world.

Artek has international sales offices in New York, Berlin, Stockholm and Tokyo. The domestic market accounts for 60% of the company’s turnover, with Artek holding a solid position in the Finnish consumer and contract market. Vitra’s design classics have for a number of years been an important part of Artek’s collection for the Finnish market. Artek operates four stores in Finland, as well as a wide retail network. 

Designer
Artek Kiki Lounge Chair Designed by:
  • Ilmari Tapiovaara , 1960
Ilmari Tapiovaara

Ilmari Tapiovaara

Finland, 1914 - 1999

Ilmari Tapiovaara graduated in 1937 as interior architect from the department of furniture design of the Central School of Applied Arts in Helsinki. He was one of the greatest interior architects and designers of his era. With the mind of anexplorer and a soul of a craftsman, Tapiovaara was always seeking for new solutions to improve everyday objects. During his long career Tapiovaara created dozens of iconic objects loved by the public.

Ilmari Tapiovaara was a great admirer of Alvar Aalto’s work, and he wanted to create products based on the same ideological premises. Tapiovaara embraced the principle of social equality of functionalism, and felt that architecture was the starting point of his design work. In addition to dozens of chairs and other furniture, mostly intended for public spaces, Tapiovaara also designed interiors for many banks, offices, hotels and showrooms starting in the 1940s.

Ilmari Tapiovaara was awarded a total of six gold medals at the Milan Triennials in 1951, 1954, 1957, 1960 and 1964. He was awarded the Good Design Award in Chicago in 1951, the Pro Finlandia medal in 1959, the Finnish State Design Prize in 1971 and the Furniture Prize of the SIO Interior Architects’ Association of Finland in 1990.

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