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Ilmari Tapiovaara | Floor lamps

Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914-1999) was a renowned Finnish interior architect and designer. In his designs, Tapiovaara always sought to create a humane, well-lit and warm dwelling environment. Tapiovaara’s furniture pieces designed were always part of a whole, with the architecture as their starting point.

Ilmari Tapiovaara graduated in 1937 as interior architect from the department of furniture design of the Central School of Arts and Crafts. After graduating, he visited the Paris World’s Fair and during his stay in France he got an assistant’s position for six months at the office of Le Corbusier. Soon after coming back to Finland, Tapiovaara was hired by the Asko company, Finland’s largest furniture factory, where he worked as a designer and artistic director for a few years. Alongside dozens of chairs and other furniture pieces mostly for public premises, Tapiovaara also designed interiors for numerous banks, offices, hotels and shops since the 1940s. His most famous designs include TT40 table, Tale stool, Trienna table, Mademoiselle chair and rocking chair.

Of all materials, wood was the closest to Tapiovaara’s heart. The designer admired the works of Alvar Aalto and wanted to carry on Aalto’s ideas in his own design work. This was evident in applying wood to the idiom of functionalism and industrial production and in the fact that Tapiovaara adopted the principle of social equality of functionalism. Tapiovaara was also a teacher at the department of interior design at the Institute of Applied Arts and at the Helsinki University of Technology, where he sought to reform teaching towards industrial product design with the aid of international examples.

Ilmari Tapiovaara was awarded a total of six Gold Medals at the Milan Triennials of 1951, 1954, 1957, 1960 and 1964. He also received the Good Design Award in Chicago in 1951, Pro Finlandia medal in 1959, Finnish State Design Prize in 1971 and Furniture Prize of the SIO Interior Architects’ Association of Finland in 1990.

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Ilmari Tapiovaara has designed pieces for the following brands: Artek, Pihlgren ja Ritola, Santa & Cole


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The best floor lamps of Nordic design

Floor lamps are true eye-catchers, not only because of their light but also their size and height. A long stand gives floor lamps a sculptural silhouette and sometimes even an impression of the light floating in the air. Floor lamps are ideal beside an armchair or sofa, in a lobby or bedroom, or any room that requires a brighter spotlight or soft atmospheric lighting to complement the ceiling light. Our range includes both classic floor lamps from the 1900s and contemporary pieces from Scandinavian quality brands, ranging from low and high floor lamps to torchiere lamps as well as tripod and arch floor lamps.

Floor lamps can provide many types of lighting: a diffused light, direct spotlight or bright general light. If you are looking for a floor lamp with pleasantly soft light, your choice can be, for example, a lamp with an opal glass shade or a Japanese-style paper lantern. If you need a good spotlight for reading or working, an industrial floor lamp with an adjustable shade and arm is an ideal choice. Sometimes a floor lamp even can replace the ceiling light, particularly if the bulb is bright enough to reflect light around from the ceiling and wall. Modern floor lights can also have many useful technical features, such as a dimmer, an integrated LED unit or a timer.

Finnish Design Shop’s selection includes a stylish range of floor lights both from masters of Nordic design, mid-century modernism and designers around the world. We stock floor lights designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek, Poul Henningsen’s and Arne Jacobsen's models by Louis Poulsen and wooden floor lights by the Finnish Secto Design. The colour range includes classic black and white, shiny brass and steel, bright colours and elegant marble. Choose your favourite floor lamp and update your home with a genuine, timeless Scandinavian design!

Some popular categories: Artemide floor lamps, Flos floor lamps