Artek is proud to reintroduce Yrjö Kukkapuro’s legendary lounge chair Karuselli, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. The modern design classic was a result of extensive experimentation and a revolutionary combination of ergonomics, new materials and production methods.
Kukkapuro began developing the fiberglass chair in the 1950s, arriving at the famous shape in 1964. The shape of the Karuselli chair is the result of extensive experimentation – Kukkapuro spent four years sculpting it and searching for the right dimensions, initially using his own body as a guide. Karuselli is exceptionally comfortable as well as stylistically distinctive precisely because it is ergonomically based on the shape and proportions of the human body. As a result of his persistent efforts, Kukkapuro finally arrived at a form that represented a novel combination of ergonomics, new materials and production methods, as well as artistic design.