The Domus Chair was designed to be a true all-purpose chair to meet the diverse needs of the Domus Academica student housing in Helsinki, serving as a work chair in student rooms, but also in the hallways, auditoriums and canteens. It has since become a Scandinavian design icon, working equally well in the home as a dining chair or as an eye-catching occasional seating solution. The wider Domus family features an upholstered version and a lounge chair variation.
Finnish designer Ilmari Tapiovaara was one of the greatest interior architects and designers of his era. With the mind of an explorer and soul of a craftsman, Tapiovaara was always looking for ways to improve everyday objects. He embraced the principle of social equality and became a leading figure in the years after World War Two, when design was no longer seen as a luxury for the few.
A main characteristic of Tapiovaara's work was that he explored its possibilities through multiplicity - he created many versions of each of his designs and reissued them in different shapes.
Tapiovaara's most iconic work is his Domus Chair, a stackable plywood chair which he designed for Domus Academica, a new student housing facility in Helsinki.