Ilmari Tapiovaara studied at the interior design department of the Institute of Industrial Art in 1934-1937, predecessor of the School of Art, Design and Architecture at Aalto University.
Aalto University Archives hold some of Tapiovaara’s student works and has opened an exhibition at the Harald Herlin Learning Centre, VRC, (1st floor), 21.2. – 31.3.2019.
Tapiovaara’s student card mentions him studying composition drawing, furniture drawing, ornament drawing, typography and heraldics, projection drawing and architectural art. The drawings exhibited are are an example of just one work prepared by Tapiovaara during his studies. The work contains interior designs for the rooms of a villa habitable during winter including furniture designs for each room.
Tapiovaara explains that the interior design is intended for a wealthier family of five that can afford keeping a winter cottage including running water for bathroom and heating costs. All space is economically used however, there are only two bedrooms; the youngest son and visitors will sleep in the living and dining rooms. The space has custom designed furniture and unique storage solutions that maximise the living area for the family.