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Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

Tapio Wirkkala (Finland, 1915–85)
Tapio Wirkkala (Finland, 1915–85)

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.

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1950s White Metal Shade and Brass Table Lamp by Tapio Wirkkala
By Paavo Tynell, Tapio Wirkkala, Idman
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Table lamp, white metal shade and brass stem, Tapio Wirkkala, Finland, 1958. Subtle table lamp in white lacquered metal shade and brass stem with details in leather by Tapio Wirkk...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Pair of Lacquered Metal and Brass Floor Lamps by Tapio Wirkkala for Idman Oy
By Idman Oy, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of rare, amazing floor lamps by Tapio Wirkkala, made from brass and black lacquered metal. Beautiful decorative brass details and clever mechanism for shifting the height and an...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal, Brass

1960s Tapio Wirkkala Pendants for Idman
By Tapio Wirkkala, Idman and Airam
Located in Glendale, CA
1960s Tapio Wirkkala pendants for Idman, executed in black painted metal and rare blown-glass architectural bulbs. Retains original manufacturer's label and rare original boxes for a...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal

Tapio Wirkkala Table Lamps, Finland, 1960s
By Idman Oy, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Den Haag, NL
Two beautiful table lamps. Design by Tapio Wirkkala for Idman, Finland, 1960s. Petrol blue metal cylinder base comes with polished steel feet. Completely original.
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal

Unusual Floor Lamp by Tapio Wirkkala
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Such an unusual example of Tapio Wirkkala's coveted lighting. This model has an adjustable light source which is controlled by a sliding bar on the lamp head. Highly adjustabl...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Tapio Wirkkala, Satin Finished, Opalescent Glass Pendant, Idman / Ittala, 1960s
By Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala, Idman
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Tapio Wirkkala - Satin finished, opalescent glass pendant - Idman / Ittala, 1960s Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland - 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wir...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Pendant Lamp "K2-136" by Tapio Wirkkala, Idman, Iittala, Finland, 1960s
By Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala, Idman
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pendant lamp model "K2-136" designed by Tapio Wirkkala. Produced in Finland by Idman and Iittala during the 1960s. Made from painted metal and hand blown green/grey glass. Signed and...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal

Pendant Lamp "K2-141" by Tapio Wirkkala, Idman, Iittala, Finland, 1960s
By Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala, Idman
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pendant lamp model "K2-141" designed by Tapio Wirkkala. Produced in Finland by Idman and Ittala during the 1960s. Made from painted metal and hand blown blue glass. Signed and labele...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal

Pendant Lamp "K2-147" by Tapio Wirkkala, Idman, Iittala, Finland, 1960s
By Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala, Idman
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pendant lamp model "K2-147" designed by Tapio Wirkkala. Produced in Finalnd by Idman and Ittala during the 1960s. Made from painted metal and hand blown green or grey glass. Signed a...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal

1950s Finnish Adjustable Floor Lamp by Tapio Wirkkala for Idman Oy
By Tapio Wirkkala, Idman Oy
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An uncommon Scandinavian brass and painted aluminum floor lamp with a cylindrical teak finial, cast-iron base, and an adjustable arm with a pivoting shade.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Iron, Aluminum

Pair of Original Old Idman Oy Ceiling Lamps Pendants by Tapio Wirkkala
By Idman Oy, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Berlin, DE
A pair of original ceiling lamps designed by Tapio Wirkkala and produced by Idman in 1960 in Finland. Both lamps are in a great condition without any damages and will come with orig...
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20th Century Finnish Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Glass

1960s Finnish Glass and Bronze Ceiling Pendant by Tapio Wirkkala
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A graphic and unusual cylindrical ceiling fixture having a white glass shade blown into a patinated bronze grid.
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Bronze

Tapio Wirkkala, Rare Ceiling Lamp, Idman Oy, Finland, 1959
By Idman Oy, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Houston, TX
Rare ceiling lamp by Tapio Wirkkala with perforated brass shade and satin lacquered metal body, designed between 1959-1961. The model is from a limited edition or a custom-made mo...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Brass, Metal

Tapio Wirkkala Adjustable Reading Lamps or Sconces, 1950s
By Tapio Wirkkala, Idman
Located in Houston, TX
Tapio Wirkkala. Reading lamps. Idman, Finland, 1950s Solid brass and painted metal. Measures: Height circa 30 cm, width circa 20 cm. Both lamps impressed with manufacturer's labe...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Cascading Chandalier by Tapio Wirkkala for Oy Airam AB, Finland
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Cascading chandalier by Tapio Wirkkala for Oy Airam AB, Finland Pendant heights can be adjusted.
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20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Brass, Steel

Extraordinarry Glass Pendant Lamp by Tapio Wirkkala, 1960s
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Hagenbach, DE
Very rare glass pendant lamp by Tapio Wirkkala. It has two glass shades, one white glass shade in the amber glass shade. Height of shade: 37 cm Max Height: 100 cm The fixt...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Glass

Pair of Tapio Wirkkala Wall Sconces
By Tapio Wirkkala, Venini
Located in Chicago, IL
Wirkkala "arcadia" wall sconces, monumental is size and stature. Made of multiple hand blown Venini art glass, shades hangs on steel frame with up and down lights.  
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Steel

Tapio Wirkkala Table Lamp Model KD-11 by Idman in Finland
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare table lamp / wall lamp model KD-11 Tapio Wirkkala. Produced by Idman in Finland.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Brass

Tapio Wirkkala Hanging Teak Lamp with Red Vistosi Glass Shade, 1950s
By Vistosi, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Scandinavian Modern Tapio Wirkkala Teak hanging pendant with red glass Vistosi shade. Featuring a suspended turned teak rod supporting a rounded, angular Tomato Red glass Vistosi sha...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Glass, Teak

Large Quantity Old Stock Tapio Wirkkala 4619/4620 Pendants, for IIttala by Idman
By Tapio Wirkkala, Iittala
Located in Maastricht, NL
Beautiful white opaque mold-blown glass diffuser model 4619 with blue glass shade model 4620 by Tapio Wirkkala for IIttala by Idman, 1962. Old stock, never used, mint condition. ...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Glass

Ten-Tier Cascading Chandelier by Tapio Wirkkala for Oy Airam AB, Finland
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in South Charleston, WV
A rare and monumental ten-tier pendant cascading chandelier by Finnish master designer Tapio Wirkkala, produced by Oy Airam AB of Finland with cased opaline glass shades. Some design...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Brass, Steel

Tapio Wirkkala Brass and Metal Table or Wall Lamp for Itsu, Finland, 1950s
By Itsu, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Maastricht, NL
A Tapio Wirkkala table or wall lamp for Itsu. The lamp is made of a black lacquered metal base with a perforated brass shade. The lamp rests on a brass ball with ring, which can also...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal, Brass

Tapio Wirkkala Opaline Glass Pendant for Idman, Finland, 1950s
By Tapio Wirkkala, Idman
Located in Maastricht, NL
A Tapio Wirkkala model 51129 pendant for Idman, made of an opaline glass inward curved diffuser, a brass ceiling mount and a beautiful brass ring at the top. Just the little detail t...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Brass

Two Beautiful Glass ‘Suomi’ Pendants by Tapio Wirkkala, Finland, 1950s
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Echt, NL
Set of Tapio Wirkkala ‘Suomi’ pendants in very good condition. Handblown glass. Made of two pieces, an opaline inner shade which is covered with a transparent grey colored glass sh...
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20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Metal

Tapio Wirkkala Folded Brass Pendant, Finland, 1950s
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Maastricht, NL
A rare folded brass pendant lamp by Tapio Wirkkala for Itsu.
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Brass

Blue K2-140 Pendants by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala, Finland, Large Quantity
By Iittala, Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Maastricht, NL
Chandelier of three diamond shaped K2-140 lamps, designed by Tapio Wirkkala and produced by Iittala on a brass three armed ceiling mount. They are original old stock from the 1950s, ...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Glass

Large Quantity Old Stock by Tapio Wirkkala 4617 Pendants, Iittala, Finland 1950s
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Maastricht, NL
Old stock pendant lamps designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala. White inner shade with stone grey outer glass shade. Perfect condition. We have a large quantity of various models o...
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1960s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Glass

Tapio Wirkkala hanging lamps for IDMAN
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Toronto, Ontario
A nice hanging lamp by Tapio Wirkkala for Idman. Copper cylinders hold Tapio Wirkkala designed bulbs . Three-armed ceiling cap allows for adjustable heights.
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1970s Finnish Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Copper, Metal

Pendant Lamp by Tapio Wirkkala
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wirkkala designed a wide range of handsome, classically Modernist lamps for the Finnish art-glass company Iitala in the 1950s and 1960s. Retains the manufacturer's decal label.
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1950s Finnish Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Lighting

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Glass

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