Kiki by Artek

Kiki

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Designer Ilmari Tapiovaara
Launched in 1960
Architonic id 1174078

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Kiki. 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.


Product group: Seating Tables Desks / Workstations Conference / Meeting Lounge area / Waiting room Seating / seating systems Multipurpose Gastronomy Chairs Conference chairs Dining tables Individual desks Multipurpose chairs Multipurpose chairs Stools Waiting area benches Benches Restaurant chairs Armchairs Coffee tables Lounge chairs Lounge sofas Side tables Sofas Upholstered benches Lounge tables Meeting room tables Side tables Restaurant chairs stackable stackable stackable 2-seater 2-seater open base open base open base open base open base open base open base open base open base open base without armrests without armrests without armrests without armrests without armrests without armrests without armrests without armrests without armrests without backrest without backrest without backrest with seat upholstered with seat upholstered with seat upholstered with seat upholstered with seat and backrest upholstered with seat and backrest upholstered with seat and backrest upholstered with seat and backrest upholstered with seat and backrest upholstered with seat and backrest upholstered with seat in leather with seat in leather with seat in leather with base in steel with base in steel with base in steel with base in steel with base in steel with base in steel with base in steel with base in steel with base in steel with base in steel with 4-leg base with 4-leg base with 4-leg base with 4-leg base with 4-leg base with four-leg base with four-leg base with four-leg base with four-leg base with four-leg base open base open base open base open base with square top with square top with square top with rectangular top with rectangular top with rectangular top with rectangular top with top in engineered wood with top in engineered wood with top in engineered wood with top in engineered wood with top in engineered wood with top in engineered wood with top in solid surface material with top in compact laminate with top in compact laminate with top in compact laminate with top in compact laminate with top in compact laminate with base in steel with base in steel with base in steel with base in steel with base in steel with base in engineered wood with base in engineered wood with four-leg base with four-leg base with four-leg base with four-leg base with four-leg base with four-leg base with four-leg base stackable open base without armrests with seat and backrest upholstered with base in steel with four-leg base stackable open base without armrests with seat and backrest upholstered with base in steel with four-leg base
Designer: Ilmari Tapiovaara

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