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Mostra Ilmari Tapiovaara 100 Years al Design Museum

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.


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