Brass, enameled aluminium and leather
Manufactured by Idman, 1958
H. 41 W.20 D. 39 cm
Literature : Tapio Wirkkala : Eye and thought, Saarela, page 38
Born in 1915, Tapio Wirkkala was a highly versatile designer and artist. He designed products of glass, wood, porcelain, metal and plastics, created sculpture and also worked in exhibition and graphic design.
He designed glass objects for the Venini glassworks in Italy and porcelain and cutlery for the Rosenthal factory in Germany.
In Finland, Wirkkala designed glass for Iittala, the Ahlström corporation, light bulbs for Airam and cutlery and silver objects for the Kultakeskus company.
Tapio Wirkkala rose to world fame in the early 1950s following the triennial fairs of 1951 and 1954 in Milan where Finnish industrial design was exhibited.
Wirkkala’s themes often derived from nature: leaves, the swirls of seashells, shapes of birds or fish, or more distant observations such as ice formations or the movements of water. He also sought inspiration from his travels abroad and from early Renaissance art.
Wirkkala combined art and craft in serial manufacture, when artistic form met anonymous industrial production methods. He bonded Finnish rural simplicity to universal elegance, sensitivity and discernment. He wedded light-hearted experimentation to a sense of high seriousness. His objects feature both a sculptural theme and a scientifically researched functionalism.
Wirkkala’s designs are exhibited in the most important museum collections all over the world. He died in 1985.