Three seater sofa with ottoman
This rare three-seater sofa was designed by Finnish design master Ilmari Tapiovaara, to be showcased for the 1957 exhibition “Seconda Mostra Selettiva e Concorso Internazionale del Mobile’” in Cantù, a small Italian city in the Brianza craftman district north of Milano. The room designed by Tapiovaara, where the sofa was included, won the gold medal for "Living Room Design". The sofa (and the matching armchairs, coffee tables and sideboards) were then produced by Esposizione La Permanente Mobili, but the production was short and ceased in the 1960s. It was manufactured by the skilled craftman Paolo Arnaboldi, that successfully succeeded in the challenge of bringing to life the complex Tapiovaara's design. The result was a unique furniture series that combined Finnish and Italian design.
As many objects created by the Finnish designer, this sofa combines fully organic materials such as solid wood and leather and a rational, minimalistic appearance, that results in a piece that is both warm and architectural. The brass details serve as an elegant punctuation.
The rare ottoman serves as a perfect completion to the sofa.
This very specimen is likley a working prototype, a first version of the piece later manufactured in a small series: you can see that the craftman was experimenting. The backrest and seat are different from the later produced one: this one has a whole piece of leather for the seat and stripes for the backrest, while later this piece was manufactured with the opposite combination (whole backrest and striped seat).
The piece remains in good vintage conditions with strong patina and wear on both wood and leather. Cushions have been recently made, but they could reupholstered on client's choice (click on "more info" for full condition report). More pictures and videos available on request.
The outstanding quality of this masterpiece and the beautiful patina make this a true collector's item.
PRICE: 6000 €
Rent: 500 € / 48 h
Italy, 1957. Preowned. Out of production.
Teak wood, leather, brass.
Dimensions (total H x seat H x W x D):
sofa 83 x 37 x 200 x 79 cm / 32,7 x 14,6 x 78,7 x 31,1 in
ottoman 37 x 37 x 67 x 49 cm / 14,6 x 14,6 x 26,4 x 19,3 in
- ‘Rivista Dell Arredamento’, September 1958, article ‘Vetrina'
- 1957 ‘Seconda Mostra Selettiva e Concorso Internazionale del Mobile’ original exhibition catalogue
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