Archive | Tapio Wirkkala

Let the light play

This year it is 100 years since Tapio Wirkkala was born and there’ll be a lot of celebrating during the anniversary. Iittala is launching a series of Tapio Wirkkala glass objects as an homage to the designer. I love the Bottles. And, as usual with Wirkkala, light is an ever present partner to colour and/or shape.

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Bottles by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala. Photo copyright Iittala.

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala 2015-02-24

The day to day masterpiece

The first major exhibition of Scandinavian design opened in April 20, 1954 in New York’s Brooklyn Museum and showcased ceramics, furniture, glassware, metalwork and textiles from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

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Design in Scandinavia: an exhibition of objects for the home. Catalogue cover by Tapio Wirkkala (1954).

Wooden plate by Tapio Wirkkala
Among the featured work were plates in laminated birch by Tapio Wirkkala. At that time intended to be used daily in your home. Now considered masterpieces of great value.

Book Cradle, Eco Aesthetics, Tapio Wirkkala 2015-02-15