Tapiovaara said that “it is impossible to create a new object without a point of reference. And nature is the best and closest manual for the industrial designer, whether in terms of the function that must be met, that is to say, its functional requirements, or in terms of form, colour, material and appropriate proportions”. And that is how his only lamp is: Maija. A collection that is an expression of the feeling of light that is common in Baltic cities, where the streets are scarcely lit by the public purse and it is the private homes and shop windows that radiate their light onto the public space: outwards. Tapiovaara conceived a column of small metal superimposed discs from which light leaks out from a shimmering panel, shrouded in life.
The Maija lamp is part of our Design Classics collection, a group of objects created during different periods of modernity. Through re-editing, we remain faithful to the original design, although we incorporate technological improvements, linking up far-flung creators and new users.
Hämeenlinna, 1914 – 1999
Ilmari Tapiovaara is the first Finnish non-architect designer who vindicated himself in said capacity – a superb expert in chairs and furniture, and then a master for many generations of other Finish non-architect designers. Tapiovaara is a pioneer in the new industrial design that arouse after World War II, when it was no more a cultural luxury asset but spread to the whole of society.