Fresh Finds: Ilmari Tapiovaara, Magda Frank, Russell Woodard, Robert Larin + More

. Sunday, June 3, 2012

Designed in 1956 and inspired by the traditional Windsor Chair, Ilmari Tapiovaara's Mademoiselle Chair became a definitive example of the Finnish Modern Movement. Surprising comfort is achieved through a carved bevelled edge seat with waterfall front edge, a relaxed seating angle, and 9 tall backrest spindles that cradle the sitters back. The tapered and dramatically splayed dowel legs continue the form developed in his Pirkka series from a year before. Original production by Asko, where Tapiovaara served as designer and artistic director in 1938.

An impressive stone sculpture by acclaimed Argentinian artist Magda Frank. Having studied in Paris under the mentorship of Marcel Gimond, Frank was heavily inspired by Pre-Columbian Art, whose influence can be seen in this work.

Signed with inscription to base: Magda. Approximately 15.75" x 5.5" x 4".

From the studio of Montreal artisan Robert Larin, who despite a relatively brief period of operation (1968 to 1977), created some of Canada's finest modernist jewelry of its time. By utilizing a lost wax process to cast pewter, and using oxidation as an artistic overlay, Laurin created some rather remarkable and exquisite pieces. This present work, featuring a multi-layered criss-crossing brutalist relief set on an asymetrical disk, is an exceptional example of his craft.

Signed to verso: Robert Larin. Approximately 3" x 1.5" x .5".

A fine modernist lamp in the style of Gino Sarfatti, featuring an articulating perforated dome shade mounted to a gracefully arching brass post.

Not marked, manufacturer unknown.

Durable and strong yet visually light, Russell Woodard's highly successful Sculptura series features a sturdy wrought iron frame supporting a single flowing sheet of wire mesh, formed to the contours of the human body.

Mounted on a lounge sized base, this is an uncommon variant of the Sculptura high-back armchair with a lower profile and more relaxed seating angle.

A bent and woven rattan stool styled after the Franco Albini's Margherita series, designed for Vittorio Bonacina.

All via Modern Love, with many more great finds to come.


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