With distinctive armrests, a seat and backrest made out of a single plywood element and upholstery in opulent black leather, the Domus Lounge Chair exceeds in comfort. Originally composed for the Domus Academia student housing complex in Helsinki, the chair's functionalist form has been designed to cater for people to sit for long periods of time in supportive, stylish comfort. Over time, the Domus Lounge Chair’s popularity has extended far beyond the location for which it was first intended, perfect for utilising in a residential lounge or study space. The wider Domus family features unupholstered and dining chair variations.
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.