PIRKKA | Wooden bench By Artek
Solid Wood, Pine
Crafted entirely from solid wood, the Pirkka Bench combines a birch frame and pine seat. Bearing a distinctive aesthetic, the sharp lines of the seat contrast strikingly with the rounded, tapering contours of the frame. Inspired by traditional vernacular Finnish furniture, the Pirkka Bench provides a modern interpretation – flexible, informal, and effortlessly suited to contemporary living. Designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara in the 1950s, the Pirkka Bench is a versatile addition to any room.
Pirkka marks a temporary return to solid wood for Ilmari Tapiovaara, following his innovative work with tubular steel. The first in the series was the stool, intended by Tapiovaara as the ideal place to sit and cool down after a sauna. The Bar Stool, Bench, and Chair bear the same remarkable aesthetic. Frames are composed of solid birch, while seats and backrests are made from pinewood. The tapering frame and braces provide a charismatic contrast to the solidity and smooth curves of the pine elements. Created in the 1950s, the Pirkka series is inspired by traditional vernacular Finnish furniture, but in a modern interpretation – flexible, informal, and effortlessly suited to contemporary living.