The Finnish interior architect and designer Ilmari Tapiovara designed the Domus chair in 1947 for the Domus Academica student housing complex, in Helsinki. Designing the interiors of the Domus Academica of the architect Pauli Salomaa was the first important commission for Ilmari Tapiovaara and his wife Annikki Tapiovaara and they designed also the furniture for the student housing. The Domus chair was designed to be a true all-purpose chair to meet the diverse needs of the Domus Academica student housing. It was supposed to serve as a work chair in student rooms, but also in the hallways, auditoriums, canteens, negotiation rooms etc. The student was taken into account in the design of the chair: it had to be comfortable for sitting, and it had to support the back. The chair required little space and was stackable. It was made of form-pressed birch plywood by the Keravan Puuteollisuus company. The Domus chair was a success both in Finland and abroad.