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Set of Vases Tapio Wirkkala for Venini Attributable in Blown Black Murano Glass

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They can be sold separately Mid-Century Modern set vases Tapio Wirkkala for Venini attributable in blown black Murano glass. About: Designed in 1968 by Tapio Wirkkala, these bottles are from the similar forms gently curved glass (black Murano glass) decorated externally with classical motif of the period. Tapio Wirkkala Versatile and eminent designer, he contributed to high international reputation of finish design. The activity of Tapio in Venini represents and interesting phase of his versatile career and he was deeply influenced by the Murano glass scene. When Wirkkala, in the middle 1960s, designed the first objects for Venini, he was already a world famous designer who had worked in various areas of design. Tapio Wirkkala was the one who exploit the “Incalmo” technique often combined to the “mezzafiligrana” and “murrine”, thanks to the ability of the Venini Glass Masters and the rich palette of colors. His works can be found in the main museums all-over the world.  Measure in cm: Spherical piece: Height cm 20, diameter cm 15, Cylindrical piece: Height cm 31, diameter cm 8.

Details

  • Creator
    Tapio Wirkkala (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 9.85 in. (25 cm)Diameter: 7.88 in. (20 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Murano Glass,Cold-Painted
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Vigonza, IT
  • Reference Number
    Seller: FVM83c1stDibs: LU2495312574391

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About the Designer

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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