Price range

Under $500

Lead Time

12 weeks


Kari Asikainen’s Kari 1 is a classic form-pressed wooden chair from 1969. Stackable with simple design, it is a comfortable universal chair.

Thanks to its versatile range of options, such as several seat heights raised base, and detachable seat upholstery, Kari 1 is especially suitable for care facilities. This makes the Kari 1 chair ideal for rehabilitation centres and rest homes.

As the chairs can be linked into rows and have optional writing pads, they can also be used in halls and waiting rooms.

Thanks to their light and durable wooden structure and timeless design, the Kari chairs have a low environmental footprint. For example, making a single Kari 1 chair generates the same amount of CO2 emissions as a car trip of roughly 70 km. The trip will take less than an hour but the chair will last for decades.

The Kari series designed by Kari Asikainen consists of diverse furniture, ranging from universal chairs and tables to lobby furniture. More than half a million Kari chairs have been made. Placed tightly side by side, these chairs would form a row from Helsinki to Turku and back.









Wooden parts: birch, stained birch, beech.


Options: without upholstery or upholstered.
Removable seat upholstery
Higher base (0-7 cm)
Felt glides 
Row connection
Storage and transport trolley
Moisture proof extra lining under the fabric.

About the Designer

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Based in Finland, Martela is one of the Nordic leaders in the office interior industry. A passion to offer the best workplaces has been guiding the company for almost seventy years. Martela provides innovative and ergonomic furniture solutions and collaborates with renowned designers to ensure style needs are met. Martela ensure pieces are designed with individual expression and variation in a collection yet all parts are able to communicate and are easy to combine. 
about designer KARI ASIKAINEN
Interior architect, SIO


Born 24 October 1939
Birthplace Parkano, Finland

Interior architect, SIO, Institute for Applied Arts (now University Of Art And Design Helsinki), Helsinki, 1966

Acknowledgements and awards:
1984 State Applied Arts Commission's award
1982 SIO's prize for the best piece of furniture for public spaces: Kari 3 chair

2005 'Eminentia' grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation to write a book on his design work and design philosophy
1982 One year State artist's grant

- 1988-1994 Professor of Industrial Furniture Design at University of Art and Design Helsinki and director of MUOVA, the Design centre of Western Finland in Vaasa
- 1973-1988 Teacher of furniture design at University of Art and Design Helsinki