Maija the Bee Standing Lamp by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Hienoteras, Finland 1950s

Maija the Bee Standing Lamp by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Hienoteras, Finland 1950s

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Maija the Bee Floor Lamp by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Hienoteras, Finland 1955

Designed in 1955 the Maija Mehiläinen (Maya the bee) floor lamp is a deliciously simple and elegant piece. Tapiovaara's inspiration for this 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 beehive. Thin brass knobs and tubes fixate the symmetric and rhythmic arranged discs. The partly cane wrapped stem and brass rings just underneath the shades form a nice contrast with the white lacquered aluminum. A three legged base with round shoes keeps the lamp in its place. The original long-tube incandescent bulb, spreading diffused slices of warm light, can be turned on by pulling the small drawstring. The lamp is manufactured by Asko/Hienoteräs, Finland.

Interior impressed with ‘HIENOTERAS’.

Condition:

In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use.

Dimensions:

139 cm H x Diameter shade 13 cm x Diameter foot 46 cm

Origin:

Finland, 1950s

Literature:

Asko: Satojen Mahdollisuuksien Mallistoa Tavoite Kotiin, sales catalogue, n.p. for the standard and table lamp

Ornamo: Finsk Konst Industri, Helsinki, 1962, p. 50, fig. 200 for the table lamp

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