“Colette Chair.” 1954.
Produced by Asko, Ltd., Finland.
Solid wood, webbing
One of the great treasures of R & Company’s collection is the furniture acquired from the estate of “Finland’s Second Designer” Ilmari Tapiovaara (Aalto being the first, of course), which formed the basis of our gallery’s 2001 exhibition Ilmari Tapiovaara: Interior Architect. The designer’s own example of the “Colette” chair has been buried deep in our warehouse for nearly two decades. It is a classic example of midcentury modern low-cost “Good Design.” Two years ago, when we last made Tapiovaara’s “Domus” lounge chair from his estate available, it was acquired by LACMA for their upcoming exhibition “Scandinavian Design and the United States.”