Per celebrare il centenario della nascita di Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914 – 1999)
, il Design Museum
di Helsinki ha inaugurato lo scorso 6 giugno una delle mostre più importanti mai organizzate fin’ora sui lavori e i progetti del noto designer finlandese. La mostra "Ilmari Tapiovaara 100 years"
aperta al pubblico fino al 21 settembre 2014 è accompagnata anche dalla pubblicazione del libro “Ilmari Tapiovaara – Life and Design”
a cura di Aila Svenskberg
Originally trained as an interior architect, Ilmari Tapiovaara
followed an extensive career in design. He was the artistic director of a furniture factory, a teacher, an expert serving in development cooperation and the head of his own design office, among other work. Tapiovaara
was a charismatic speaker and skilled writer with a public presence as a spokesman for modern professional design.
The Ilmari Tapiovaara
centenary exhibition presents one of Finland’s most significant designers in broad perspective. The numerous sketches, items of furniture, interior designs and personal items on show lead the viewer through Ilmari Tapiovaara’s life, presenting his development from an internationally oriented student to a prolific and responsible designer of the post-war years of reconstruction. His work is considered in particular from the perspective of the social responsibility of the designer. The exhibition also notes the significance of his wife and colleague, interior architect Annikki Tapiovaara as an important background figure.
The exhibition is produced by Design Museum
. The curatorial working group consists of curators Suvi Saloniemi
, Salla Heino
and Harri Kivilinna
. The exhibition design is by Henri Halla-aho. The book Ilmari Tapiovaara – Life and Design
appearing in connection with the exhibition is edited by Aila Svenskberg
with articles by Professor Pekka Korvenmaa
of Aalto University
, researcher Susanna Aaltonen
PhD of the University of Helsinki
, curator Suvi Saloniemi
, editor Aila Svenskberg
and Professor Jonathan Woodham
of the University of Brighton
DESIGN MUSEUM Helsinki
Visiting address: Korkeavuorenkatu 23, 00130 Helsinki, Finland.
Opening hours: (1 June – 30 Aug) Mon – Sun 11am – 6pm, (1 Sep - 31 May) Tue 11am-8pm, Wed-Sun 11am-6pm, mon closed.
Tickets: adults 10€, pensioners 8€, students 5€, primary school students and children for free.
Photo Credits: Jussi Pohjakallio