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Tapio Wirkalla, Set of All Sizes “leaf” Art-Object, Model 3337, Ittala, 1950s

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Tapio Wirkalla, set of all sizes “leaf” Art-object, model 3337, Ittala, 1950s Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland - 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wirkkala was an artist of great diversity for whom no material was alien and who left no area of design unexplored. A glass design competition held by the Iittala glassworks in 1946 was the event that set his career in motion; the first prize went jointly to Wirkkala and Kaj Franck. With an oeuvre that ranges from exceptionally beautiful pieces of glass art to industrial design in the form of beer bottles and banknotes, Wirkkala also designed jewellery, sculptures, and furniture. The recipient of many awards, honorary titles, and a doctorate, Wirkkala won three Grand Prix medals at the Milan Triennale in 1954 and was awarded the prestigious Lunning prize in 1951. His works are collected in numerous museums around the world: Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Design Museum Helsinki, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and The British Museum in London. Three free blown, hot formed, comb-cut crystal Art-objects “leaf”, model 3337. Designed by Tapio Wirkkala and executed by Iittala glassworks between 1952-1960. Model 3337 was produced in three variants (75, 180 and 240mm) This is a complete set comprised of each size leaf, all executed in the 1950s Execution Iittala glassworks, Finland 1950s. Condition These “leafs” are in good condition, some minor scratches on the bottom consistent with age and use. Some tiny air bubbles captured in the glass. Marked Biggest size Tapio Wirkkala Iittala in diamondpen on the side Middle size Tapio Wirkkala Iittala '55 (1955) in diamondpen on the side Smallest size Tapio Wirkkala Iittala '54 (1954) in diamondpen on the side Literature Marianne Aav, TAPIO WIRKKALA eye, hand and thought: p. 301 Dimensions Biggest size W. 25.3 cm. D. 21.5 cm. H. 6.0 cm.   Middle size W. 19 cm D. 14.8 cm H. 3.7 cm Smallest size W. 7.4 cm D. 6.4 cm H. 3.0 cm. Shipping As we pack all our items ourselves, we can on your behalve negotiate a more economic shipping option with 1stDibs. Please contact us if you would like further information


  • Creator
    Iittala (Manufacturer),Tapio Wirkkala (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 2.37 in. (6 cm)Width: 9.97 in. (25.3 cm)Depth: 8.47 in. (21.5 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 3
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1955
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. All three "leafs" are in good condition. Wear consistant with age and use. Minor scratches underneath the base. Some very small air bubbles captured in the crystal during production.
  • Seller Location
    EL Waalre, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5141220975182

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    Ships From: Oosterbeek, Netherlands
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About the Artist

Tapio Wirkkala

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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