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Martela history

Martela, then called Tehokaluste Oy, was established in 1945. Operations did not begin with production first, as with many competitors. Instead, the company focused on designing products and marketing them to customers. The founders of the company with business degrees were Matti S. Martela, Henrik Virkkunen, Unto Eskola and Jonne Jahnukainen, plus Svante Nurmiranta and interior architect Wladimir Rumjantsew.
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Western winds were blowing in the furniture industry. Tehokaluste’s offices were located in the 1950s in the centre of Helsinki on Hallituskatu (today Yliopistokatu) street.

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Tehokaluste (Martela) presented its first open office model at the Finnish Design Center back in 1966. This was still based on standard furniture used in “cubicle offices”, with sound-absorbing partitions and flower arrangements. The idea of the open office required some getting used to at first; jokes were made about them, and it was feared that office workers would lose their privacy.

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Precise work. Olli Mannermaa and Olof Pira work on their chairs. Mannermaa’s Kilta chair became Finland’s first plastic chair, while Pira’s chair did not make it into production. (In the 1950s)

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Voitto Haapalainen; Leather abd Steel 'Prisma' Lounge Chair for Tehokaluste Oy, c1970.

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'Prisma' lounge chair | Design objects | 4104300 | ..

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The design of Olli Mannermaa’s Tukituoli supportive chair was emphasised in the 1955 brochure. The stylish drawings were signed by Alemka.

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VOITTO HAAPALAINEN Prisma chair Tehokaluste Oy Finland , c. 1970 leather, chrome-plated steel 34.25 w x 35 d x 41 h inches Signed with app...

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Kilta chair design Olli Mannermaa (1955) - on the 1960s at the Milan Design Week

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Liisa Nironen, who later married to become Liisa Martela, designed the company’s brochures in the 1940s. The selection in “Brochure no. 1” consisted of writing tables and chairs, plus smoking and telephone tables. In order to save costs, the brochure was illustrated with black and white drawings. Brochure no. 3 is already noticeably thicker and more colourful.

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Close to sculpture. Voitto Haapalainen’s Prisma recliner introduced a collection with strong lines and edges to compete with all the other series with rounded and soft lines. In its own way, Prisma provided a kind of contrast to Yrjö Kukkapuro’s Carousel chair. For Tehokaluste, Prisma was an impressive series that was photographed a lot, and Haapalainen had to make several adaptions of the series to meet the demands of individual customers. (In the 1970s)

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Kilta chair design Olli Mannermaa (1955) - on the 1960s at the Milan Design Week

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