Is the brand HAIMI or the designer Yrjo Kukkapuro famous for furniture in Finland?
Yrjö Kukkapuro is one of Finnish classics in furniture design. The book Scandinavian Modern Design 1880-1980 (New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1982, p. 151) says about him: "Nurmesniemi's high-polished steel and leather chairs and Yrjö Kukkapuro's bold swivel armchair made of metal and welded plastic turned Finnish furniture design toward a decisively international style." The book Finnish reflections (Finnish title Heijastuksia Suomesta, Helsinki, Kirjayhtymä, 1981, p. 86-88) presents Kukkapuro's armchairs in a large two-page colour photograph, with the text "Yrjö Kukkapuro is one of the best-known Finnish furniture designers; his creations have virtually achieved the status of classics. …"
Periodical articles in English:
Helkama, Iris: The designer and his team : Yrjö Kukkapuro - winner of the 1995 Kaj Franck desing prize IN Form-function-Finland, 1995, 4, s. 4-9
Enbom, Carla: Yrjö Kukkapuro : interior architect : construction and function (Classic makers) IN Form-function-Finland, 1995, 3, s.8-9
Internet pages in English about Kukkapuro: http://www.avarte.fi/en/company/kukkapurocv.html, http://www.2000.hel.fi/find/avarte/kukkapuro.html,
In http://www.uiah.fi/presentation/history/125years.htm there is a short history of Finnish design.
There is also an Internet page http://www.finnishdesign.fi, which is under renovation at the moment.
I could find nothing about Haimi, though. In the 60s the company sold furniture designed by the most famous Finnish desingers. If you contact Avotakka (http://www.apu.fi/avotakka), the prominent Finnish interior decoration magazine, they surely can tell you where to find out more about Haimi.