Karuselli stool, white

2-4 months


$2,959.002,434.00 €£2,252.00AU$3,967.00C$3,887.00CHF 2,952.00¥ 327,067SG$ 3,984.00$2,387.001,963.00 €£1,816.00AU$3,199.00C$3,135.00CHF 2,380.00¥ 263,764SG$ 3,213.00


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Description

Foot stool for the Karuselli chair, designed by Yrjö Kukkapuro.

Designed by Yrjö Kukkapuro, Karuselli is one of the most famous lounge chairs in the world. Kukkapuro began developing the fibreglass chair in the 1950s, arriving at the famous shape in 1964. The international launch of the chair took place at the Cologne Furniture Fair in 1965. 

The shape of the Karuselli chair is the result of extensive experimentation. Kukkapuro spent four years sculpting it – searching for the right dimensions, initially using his own body as a guide. Karuselli is exceptionally comfortable as well as stylistically distinctive precisely because it is ergonomically based on the shape and proportions of the human body. As a result of his persistent efforts, Kukkapuro finally accomplished a form that represented a novel combination of ergonomics, new materials and production methods, as well as artistic design. It was the combination of these qualities that made Karuselli a revolutionary chair of its time. Ever since its first launch, Karuselli has caught the eye, captured the imagination and has given pleasure to those sitting in it.

Manufacturer
Artek
Design
Yrjö Kukkapuro
Material
Base of fibreglass in white, leather upholstery in white
Size
Height 380 mm, width 535 mm, depth 535 mm
Colour
White

Designer

Yrjö Kukkapuro

Yrjö Kukkapuro

The Finnish furniture designer Yrjö Kukkapuro (b. 1933) is a central figure of Finnish functionalism. Kukkapuro has been working as a freelance designer since the 1950s and much of the furniture he designed at the beginning of his career is still in production.

These days Yrjö Kukkapuro designs mostly for the company Avarte. His most famous pieces of furniture are the Karuselli chair, the Saturnus table, the Skaala chair, the Remmi series and the Ateljee lounge chair and sofa. One of Kukkapuro’s favourite sayings is “Does it make any sense to design a chair which is not good to sit on?” and it describes very well the designer’s love for ergonomic furniture. During his career Yrjö Kukkapuro was awarded many national and international prizes – including the Lunning Prize in 1966, the 1st Prize at the International Chair Design Competition (Italy) in 1972 and the Kaj Franck Design Prize in 1995. His works are present in the permanent collections of various museums in the world – such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the MoMA, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein (Germany), just to name a few.

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