Designed in 1994, Nomad chair is a beautiful example of the Finnish designer Ilkka Suppanen’s style. Like a suspended veil, this elegant chair seems to float in the air. The minimal use of materials accentuates the sensation of lightness. A wide piece of white felt is the key component of this chair. Felt is a traditional Scandinavian material, which has also found its resonance in the contemporary art and more specifically in the universe of Joseph Beuys.

The felt plays a highly structural role for Nomad chair, not only covering it and adding to an already existent structure as a traditional textile, but actually forming the main structure, both the seat and the back, of the chair. Beyond the aesthetic qualities, this chair is also highly ergonomic, in the way that the felt marries perfectly the form of the body to offer a pleasurable and subtle comfort.

Nomad chair is in the collections of the Helsinki Design Museum, the Museum of Andewante Kunst in Cologne, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

  • Designed in 1994
Felt, metal 
60 x 60 x 80 cm 
Limited edition of 20

    Nomad chair
    Designed in 1994
    Felt, metal 
    60 x 60 x 80 cm 
    Limited edition of 20

  • Designed in 1994
Felt, metal 
60 x 60 x 80 cm 
Limited edition of 20

    Nomad chair
    Designed in 1994
    Felt, metal 
    60 x 60 x 80 cm 
    Limited edition of 20

  • Designed in 1994
Felt, metal 
60 x 60 x 80 cm 
Limited edition of 20

    Nomad chair
    Designed in 1994
    Felt, metal 
    60 x 60 x 80 cm 
    Limited edition of 20

  • Designed in 1994
Felt, metal 
60 x 60 x 80 cm 
Limited edition of 20

    Nomad chair
    Designed in 1994
    Felt, metal 
    60 x 60 x 80 cm 
    Limited edition of 20

  • ILKKA-SUPPANENbyPIERRE_BJORK

    llkka Suppanen is one of the world’s best known contemporary Finnish designers. Ilkka Suppanen studied architecture at Helsinki University of Technology, and Interior and Furniture Design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. He completed his studies at Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1992 and in 1995 he founded Studio Suppanen. His works have been showcased in prestigious international exhibits, such as the Venice Architecture Biennale and in the MoMA in New York, and his works are part of important museum collections such as the Centre Pompidou, the Stedelijk Museum, the Museum of Andewante Kunst, Cologne and the Helsinki Design Museum. Suppanen has won several domestic and international awards such as the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, The Finnish Cultural Foundation Award and the Ilmari Tapiolassa Prize.

    SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS

    Exhibitions
    2016 Solo Exhibition in Design Museum Helsinki Finland
    2015 Solo Exhibition in Röhska Museum in Gothenburg Sweden
    2013 Èclat, solo exhibition Gallerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
    2012 Broken, Solo Exhibition, Gallerie Forsblom, Finland
    2010 Hirameki Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
    2008 Hardcore exhibition, New York, U.S.A
    2006 Ilkka Suppanen + Harri Koskinen exhibition, Design Museum of Finland
    2005-2007 SAUMA, Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles, USA
    2003 The Q exhibition – Tokyo Japan
    2001 Work spheres, MoMA, NYC, U.S.A
    2000 Hothouse, Kortrijk, Belgium
    1998 Modern Finnish Design, Bard Graduate ctr. NYC, U.S.A.
    1997 Snowcrash exhibition Milan, Italy
    1992 The Fifth International Exhibition of Architecture, The Venice Biennale, Venezia, Italy

    Awards
    2015 Söderberg prize, Gothenburg Sweden
    2015 Finnish Cultural Foundation prize, for crossing the borders in design, Finland
    2015 Ilmari Tapiovaara prize, Helsinki Finland
    2013 Interior Innovation Award in at IMM Cologne Germany
    2012 Red Dot, Best of the Best award, Essen Germany
    2009 Asko Avonius prize, Finland
    2008 Good design award, Chicago U.S.A
    2008 fennia Prize, Finland
    2006 Mathsson-Prize, Mathsson Foundation, Sweden
    2001-2004 Art Council of Finland, 3 Year art scholarship, Finland
    2001 Avotakka award, Finland
    2001 Young designer of the Year prize, with Harri Koskinen, Finland
    1998 Finnish National Award for Young Art (together with designers Timo Salli, Teppo Asikainen and Ilkka Terho for the Snowcrash exhibition)
    1995 Habitare Prize, 1st Price at student competition, Alessandro Mendini as jury

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