Tapio Wirrkala – An Extrodinary Designer

All materials have their own unwritten laws.You should never be violent with a material you are working on – the designer should be in harmony with his materials.

I first came across Tapio WIrrkala at a local sale room where a piece of his was was to be auctioned off.Fascinated by his style which was incredibly contemporary I delved a little deeper into his varied design career.

Tapio Wirkkala was  an important Finnish 20th century designer who worked with a variety of materials from plastic to glass,wood to ceramics.He designed for the mass market and was incredibly versatile working with a large range of design disciplines. Famous products include FInlandia Vodka bottle and iittala’s Ultima Thule glasses his designs reflected and were inspired by the natural world from mushrooms, and leaves.

He worked for many mass market companies such as littala,where he produced over 400 glass objects over 40years and he also worked for companies such as Rosenthal and Venini but he was a sculptor in this own right where he worked from his own workshop.
In 1946 he won his first award for littala and went on to win three gold medals at the Triennale ,Milan in 51 and a further three in 1954.

His work is still produced today and his designs look fresh and contemporary and stands side by side in quality and style as current  top end designers.

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