Ilmari Tapiovaara 'Maija the Bee' Floor Lamp with Brass Feet
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Ilmari Tapiovaara for for Hienoteräs, 'Maija the Bee' Floor Lamp, coated metal and brass, Finland, 1955.
The line of Maija lights is in 1955 designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara. He was inspired by the children’s book Maya Bee, in particular the hive with its different layers. The result is the Maija lamp with the reclining discs showing the light is from a shimmering honeycomb. He developed several varieties and this particular piece features brass feet, which is a rare variety.
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Tapiovaara, Ilmari (1914-1999) was one of the most important Finnish interior architects and designers of his generation. He significantly shaped the international design of the 20th century. He had a focus on purity in line and colour – simplicity without sterility. Respect for craft traditions but a constant focus on new technological experiments. He was focusing on mass production ‘to give better to more’ and this led him to have interest in for example chromium plated tubular steel such as in the Kiki chair that had won the Gold Medal at the Milan Triennale of 1960.
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