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Ultima Thule

Iittala Ultima Thule 56oz Serving Bowl by Tapio Wirkkala
By Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
. Wirkkala defied the rules of glassblowing with his iconic Ultima Thule collection. Inspired by ice and snow
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Glass

Set of Iittala Ultima Thule Bowls 13 Pieces
By Tapio Wirkkala, Iittala
Located in Hillringsberg, SE
A set of total 13 pieces. 12 clear glass serving bowls and one large bowl in the Ultima Thule
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

8 Ultima Thule Glasses Designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala, Rare
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Doraville, GA
is called Ultima Thule. "The Iittala Ultima Thule glassware was designed by Tapio Wirkkala as part
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Pair of 'Ultima Thule' Glass Candle Holders by Tapio Wirkkala
By Tapio Wirkkala, Iittala
Located in Hawthorne, CA
Set of two solid glass candlestick holders from the 'Ultima Thule' collection by iconic Finnish
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks

Materials

Glass

Modern Ultima Thule Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala, Finland 7 Glass Bowls
By Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Miami, FL
Tapio Wirkkala's 1960s Scandinavian Modern creation of Ultima Thule for Iittala, Finland. This
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Vintage 1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Serving Bowls

Materials

Art Glass

Set 14 Tapio Wirkkala Ultima Thule Glass Dessert Bowls & Serving Bowl Finland
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Wayne, NJ
Tapio Wirkkala Ultima Thule Glass Set of 14 Dessert Bowls & 1 Serving Bowl Finland . The Large
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Set of 9 Tapio Wirkkala Ultima Thule Glass Wine Champagne Glasses Finland
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Wayne, NJ
Set of 9 Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tapio Wirkkala Ultima Thule Glass Sparkling / Wine Champagne
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Crystal Serveware

Materials

Glass

Set of 8 Tapio Wirkkala Ultima Thule Glass Highball Glasses Finland 3 Toed
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Wayne, NJ
Set of 8 Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tapio Wirkkala Ultima Thule Glass Glasses . They have a 3 foot
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

Tapio Wirkkala Ultima Thule Glass Pitcher On Rocks Old Fashioned Glasses Finland
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Wayne, NJ
Set of Tapio Wirkkala Ultima Thule Glass Pitcher and 6 Either on the Rocks or Double Old Fashioned
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Glass

Materials

Glass

1960s Four Frosted Ice Glass Mugs Style Tapio Wirkkala Iittala
By Tapio Wirkkala, Iittala
Located in Chula Vista, CA
IITTALA. Ultima Thule, Finland. No label 3.38 H x 5 D x 4 in diameter Original preowned vintage condition
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Late 20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Table Lamp "Väre", Tapio Wirkkala, 1950s
Located in Helsinki, FI
the Ultima Thule series. Wirkkala was a multiple winner of the Milan Triennale.
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Vintage 1950s Table Lamps

Materials

Glass, Wood

Pendant by Tapio Wirkkala for Idman Oy, 1960s
By Idman Oy, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Helsinki, FI
Ultima Thule series. Wirkkala was a multiple winner of the Milan Triennale.
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal, Brass

Pendant by Tapio Wirkkala for Idman Oy, 1960s
Pendant by Tapio Wirkkala for Idman Oy, 1960s
H 46.46 in W 11.82 in D 3.15 in
Hammered Silver Bowl by Tapio Wirkkala, TW 243, Finland, 1971, Decorative Bowl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ultima Thule set of kitchen glasses.
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Late 20th Century Decorative Bowls

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Sterling Silver

Large 'Stellaria' Bowl by Tapio Wirkkala
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Dronten, NL
more than four hundred glass objects for Iittala, many of which, like the Ultima Thule and Tapio series
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Glass

Tapio Wirkkala, Vase "Inari" Glass Dish Model No. 3411 for Iittala Oy
By Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Stockholm, SE
for Iittala, many of which, like the Ultima Thule and Tapio series remain popular today
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Vintage 1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Crystal

Tapio Wirkkala Large Pinja Crystal Vase for Iitala Finland, Scandinavian Modern
By Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Iittala, many of which, like the Ultima Thule and Tapio series remain popular today.
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Vintage 1980s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Crystal

Beautiful wall dish in ceramics by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Djurhamn, SE
more than four hundred glassware for Iittala, many of which, like the Ultima Thule and Tapio series
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Vintage 1970s German Other Decorative Bowls

Materials

Ceramic

Beautiful bowl in glass "Leaf" by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Djurhamn, SE
more than four hundred glassware for Iittala, many of which, like the Ultima Thule and Tapio series
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Art Glass

Beautiful candel-holder in glass #3412 by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala 1957-71
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Djurhamn, SE
more than four hundred glassware for Iittala, many of which, like the Ultima Thule and Tapio series
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Beautiful vase in glass and silver by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala 1966
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Djurhamn, SE
more than four hundred glassware for Iittala, many of which, like the Ultima Thule and Tapio series
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Vintage 1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vases

Materials

Art Glass

Art Piece No 3894 Limited Edition Glass Sculpture for Iittala by Tapio Wirkkala
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in London, GB
which, like the Ultima Thule and Tapio series remain popular today.
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2010s Finnish Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass

Vase and dish in silver by Tapio Wirkkala for Hopeakeskusta
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Djurhamn, SE
more than four hundred glassware for Iittala, many of which, like the Ultima Thule and Tapio series
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Vintage 1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Decorative Bowls

Materials

Silver

1970's Tapio Wirkkala 4 Niva Whiskey glasses + Seita Ice Bucket Iittala Finland
By Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
talented artist created more than four hundred glass objects for Iittala, many of which, like the Ultima
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Vintage 1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Glass

Materials

Glass, Art Glass

Tapio Wirkkala 'Crane' Articulating Floor Lamp in White for Innolux Oy
By Tapio Wirkkala, Innolux Oy
Located in Glendale, CA
, such as the Ultima Thule series, have become particularly well-known. Finnish icon Tapio Wirkkala was
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Aluminum, Brass

Tapio Wirkkala 'Crane' Articulating Floor Lamp in Black for Innolux Oy
By Innolux Oy, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Glendale, CA
, such as the Ultima Thule series, have become particularly well-known. Finnish icon Tapio Wirkkala was
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass, Aluminum

Tapio Wirkkala Model "K10-11" Floor Lamp for Idman, Finland 1950s
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Utrecht, NL
the Tapio series launched in 1954. The popular Ultima Thule glassware range, created in 1968, was
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Brass

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Ultima Thule For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the ultima thule you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A ultima thule — often made from glass, art glass and crystal — can elevate any home. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer ultima thule, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. A ultima thule made by Scandinavian Modern designers — as well as those associated with Mid-Century Modern — is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one ultima thule that is appealing in its simplicity, but Iittala and Tapio Wirkkala produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Ultima Thule?

The average selling price for a ultima thule at 1stDibs is $590, while they’re typically $200 on the low end and $1,440 for the highest priced.

Tapio Wirkkala for sale on 1stDibs

Along with architect Alvar Aalto, the designer Tapio Wirkkala was Finland’s leading contributor to the Scandinavian interpretation of modernism in the mid-20th century. Prolific and innovative, Wirkkala excelled in a wide range of fields, including glass, furniture, porcelain, jewelry and tableware. The hallmark of his talent was an ability to impart a craft aesthetic based on natural forms — leaves, ice, bubbles, birds — to industrially produced designs.

A native of Helsinki, Wirkkala studied at the national School of Applied Arts and took up a career in graphic design. After serving in the Finnish army during World War II, he joined the glassmaking firm Iittala, an association that would continue to the end of his life. Wirkkala learned every aspect of glassmaking in keeping with his belief that an artist-designer should be involved in all stages of production. His best-known works for Iittala are vases and drinking vessels that resemble either carved ice or icicles. In 1956, Wirkkala began a long relationship with the porcelain maker Rosenthal, for whom he designed elegant table pieces, such as the Finlandia coffee service and the biomorphic Pollo vases. 

House Beautiful magazine declared Wirkkala’s Leaf platter the “most beautiful object” of 1951. (The acclaim led to his brief employment stint with industrial designer Raymond Loewy in New York.) That platter was one of the first designs Wirkkala made using laminated sheets of plywood sanded to a smooth surface that resembles an abstract leaf. It would go on to become a motif in many Wirkkala furniture pieces — most notably in inlaid coffee tables for Asko — and in a sense these are the works most emblematic of his personal aesthetic.

Wirkkala was a traditionalist in many ways, but he had a modernist’s practical approach, incorporating his leaf-like spirals into simple, functional objects. That is the core attraction of Wirkkala’s designs: They stand out with a striking, sculptural energy yet blend in as part of a warm and comfortable decor.

Find vintage Tapio Wirkkala furniture on 1stDibs.