Ilmari Tapiovaara - Design New York Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Arnaboldi, Cantú, Italy; Masotto Family, Cantú, Italy

  • Literature

    Seconda Mostra Selettiva e Concorso Internazionale del Mobile, exh. cat. appendix, Cantù, Italy, September 14-29, 1957, p. 14; “Vetrina :Due progetti di Tapiovaara realazzati di la permanente mobile di Cantú,” La Rivista dell Arredamento, September 1958, n.p.; Glianni della Selettiva, Ente Qualità Cantú, exh. cat., Galleria “Mobili d’Arte”, Cantú, Italy, October 7-19 November, 1995, p. 19 for a similar example; Pekka Korvenmaa, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Salamanca, 1997, pp. 128-129 for similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    The design for the present lot was conceived as part of a living room environment for the Selettiva International Furniture Competition in Cantú, Italy in September of 1957. Tapiovaara and his assistants, Chas Mggee and Kirsi Hyvarinen, won the “Secondo Premio ex-aequo” prize in the living environment category at the competition, as decided by a panel of judges which included Carlo Mollino.


Large bookshelf with storage units

ca. 1957-1958
Teak, teak-veneered wood, painted teak-veneered wood, metal.
79 1/8 x 191 1/4 x 12 7/8 in. (201 x 485.8 x 32.7 cm.)
Manufactured by La Permanente Mobili, Italy. Reverse of panels marked in pencil with “FONDO/CS” and inside of one upright stenciled with “LA PERMANENTE/MOBILI/CANTU.”

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $13,750


25 May 2011
New York