Heals Sideboard (UK 1940s-50s)
beech and maple wood.
A small sideboard originally made for Heals, London in the 1940s-50s by Vesper furniture company (Note: The small circular hole can be seen above one drawer where the Heals label would have been). Inside the drawers are made bent beech plywood.
We have two of these available as well as a small set of drawers. We believe that the sideboard was part of a set of bedroom furniture made by Vesper furniture for Heals in very limited numbers in the late 40s/ early 50s – very rare. It has design similarities to the 1950s designs by Dutch designer Cees Braakman for Pastoe furniture.
122cm x 47cm x 77.5cm
A high quality of manufacture throughout.
Yrjö Ilmari Tapiovaara
Manufactured by Laukaan Puu Finland, late 1950s.
A dark varnished Pine and beech wood structure with green rexine doors and black painted wooden legs.
The Pirkka range by the Finnish interior architect and designer Ilmari Tapiovaara is one of the most popular Finnish furniture ranges qualifying with an almost cult status in the mid-century modern markets. The Pirkka range was designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara in 1955 and it alludes to the forms of Finnish rustic furniture.
With the mind of an explorer and soul of a craftsman, Ilmari Tapiovaara was always seeking for new solutions to improve everyday objects. Tapiovaara is especially revered as a modernist master of characteristic, human objects and surroundings.
Although Pirkka series furniture is fairly common to find, the sideboards are what can only be described as ‘rare as hen’s teeth’; possibly one of the rarest of Tapiovaara’s designs.
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Ref: Svenskberg, Aila (ed.): Ilmari Tapiovaara: Life and Design. Translated by Jüri Kokkonen. Helsinki: Designmuseo, 2014