Nikari’s Seminar chair was designed in 1992 by the brand’s founder Kari Virtanen. The oak chair was originally created as an example piece for a lecture Virtanen held for design students about traditional manufacturing methods of wooden chairs. Since then, the Seminar collection has expanded with other pieces whose simple, traditional design language fits into homes and public spaces alike.

Nikari products are made in Finland using only certified wood.


Seminar chair, oak



2–4 months



38 cm
42 cm
79 cm
Seat height
45 cm
Oak with natural wood oil mix

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Kari Virtanen

Kari Virtanen (b. 1948) is a Finnish carpenter who with his hard-working attitude has gained his place as one of the most recognised wooden furniture experts.

In 1967 Virtanen founded Nikari, a company producing high-quality wooden furniture.

Virtanen has been awarded the Finnish State Design Award in 2005, the Pro Finlandia Medal in 2009 and the Kaj Franck Design Prize in 2022.

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