Key facts

Product:
Kiki Side Table
Family:
Kiki
Manufacturer:
Artek
Designer:
Ilmari Tapiovaara
Architonic ID:
1174049
Country:
Finland
Designed:
1960
Launched:
2012
Groups:
Tables-Side tables
Lounge area/Waiting room-Side tables

Product description

Frame, lacquered black steel. Table top: black laminate / white laminate / birch veneer / oak veneer

Product family

Concept

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.