Artek’s Aslak chair, designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara in 1946, is a veritable design classic whose light and stackable structure makes it an incredibly multifunctional seat for private residences as well as cafés and restaurants. Made of solid beech, the chair features an ergonomic seat and backrest that make sitting comfortable even for an extended period of time – hence, the Aslak chair is also a great choice for an office or conference room.

Known as a pioneer of Finnish design, Ilmari Tapiovaara wanted the chair to merge functionality and economical use of materials. In addition, he aimed at a design language that expressed a certain plasticity which is visible, for example, in the chair’s bended armrests and angular feet. Although Tapiovaara originally designed the chair in the 1940s, it only made it into production in 1958 due to technical advances that facilitated mass production.


Aslak chair, white


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53 cm
50 cm
76 cm
Seat height
46 cm
Solid beech, moulded beech veneer
4,9 kg
Stackable up to four chairs. Comes with felt glides installed as standard, plastic glides included in the package.

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Ilmari Tapiovaara

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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