Ilmari Tapiovaara Maija Mehiläinen Table Lamp, Finland 1955

Ilmari Tapiovaara Maija Mehiläinen Table Lamp, Finland 1955

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Designed in 1955 the Maija Mehiläinen (Maya the bee) table lamp is a deliciously simple and elegant piece. Tapiovaara's inspiration for his only household lamp came from Maya the Bee, a friendly character from a 1912 German children’s book, that also was the basis to the widely acclaimed comic strips and translated as Maija in Finland.

In his clear and simple design style Tapiovaara created a column of small metal superimposed discs from which the light glows as if coming from a shimmering honeycomb.⠀Manufactured by Asko/Hienoteräs, Finland.

Interior impressed with ‘HIENOTERAS’.

In good vintage condition.

Dimensions:

19 cm W x 50 cm H

Origin:

Finland, 1955

Literature:
- Pekka Korvenmaa, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Salamanca, 1997, front cover and p. 415, figs. 407-408, and p. 195, fig. 471

 

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